This past week I was away on vacation in Mexico and although I was able to find internet I almost completely ignored the world. Oops? I did truly think about you all and wanted to reach out, but at the same time I kind of didn’t want to. I didn’t feel that I needed to. I was on vacation from everything. Except telling my parents each day I was alive.
Icing out the world allowed me to just relax and do my thing, and let me really enjoy myself instead of focusing of social media and constantly posting every aspect of my trip online. I mean, sure, I’ll post some of it now, but during my vacation I just wanted to live it and to share it only with the people who were there with me. I guess in a way I learnt the importance of getting away.
I used to fantasize about running away temporarily, what fun! Spending a long weekend in the country without telling a soul, just to be with me and my thoughts. It’s therapeutic. Being alone with just your thoughts and the beach and the people around you who are also disconnected, it really is a flash from the past. People don’t really do that a lot anymore. I would go out and leave my phone in my room and spend a whole day doing anything and everything and there were no distractions just peace.
I don’t know how long I can last without being plugged in since that is what I am used to, but it definitely makes me want to try spending a few hours or an evening once a week without the internet to just enjoy being in the present.
And so, friends, I challenge you! Try setting aside 2-3 hours every week offline. This has to be on your own time, not during class or work, but when you’re relaxing and being with yourself.
Try it and let me know how it goes!