A Weekend without Internet
I'm going to be completely honest with you. I'm practically addicted to social media and being on the internet all the time. I find myself having a hard time not checking my cellphone every 5 minutes or being on the computer browsing through the web.
But! last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to be offline from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. It wasn't something I had planned on doing. I just ran out of data and wasn't able to get data for that period of time.
Here is what I learned:
- I still have a very creative brain that helps me be entertained while doing nothing.
- Movies are my best friends.
- Nature is pretty awesome.
- I'm actually not the archenemy of the sun.
- I miss the times when I had no computer nor a cellphone.
In all honesty, It is nothing new to say that the majority of us are hooked on this incredible, yet complicated, medium of communication, but I don't think most of us accept this to be our reality. We probably criticize people who are having a meal and not even having a conversation because they are on their cellphones without even realizing that we do the same thing ourselves from time to time.
I have a Youtube Channel and sometimes I blog for this channel. Many times, while recording Day in a Life or What I eat in a day videos, I realize I'm recording my day but I'm not actually LIVING my day. I'm so distracted with the quality of the video, or the angle, the light, the colors, my dog getting in the way, the sound, and so on that I forget to human. I'm not saying I don't enjoy making these videos but I think my priority should always be to experience my day.
My intention is not to guilt-trip anyone into zoning out of every medium of communication, but it's just to give you a reflection as to how much time you spend on the web, and how much time you actually dedicate to living your life and experiencing it.
I love the internet, and I love all forms of communication, but I think I learned a lot from dedicating less time to it and more time to being with my loved ones, being with myself, and being with nature. I will certainly make a greater effort to spend less hours of my precious time on this earth with my computer and cellphone, and more time with myself, my loved ones, and my dog.
If you ever get the chance to be offline take it, see how you feel and let me know what you learn on the way.