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Thursday, February 28, 2013

When Apples & Blackberries Were Just Fruit!

It happened yesterday. The rare opportunity occurred where I had time to hit one of my favorite trails in Kennesaw Mountain before I picked up my son from 'school' *cough, daycare* ( don't you love when us Moms call it school when we all know what it REALLY is....anywho, another post, another day). I had about 30 minutes to get in a quick and vigorous workout before I picked up the Lil' Fella and it was all I needed. I knew exactly which trail to run to get the most bang out of my workout (code for my thighs would be on fire). Aside from the obvious benefits of exercise, I needed to escape my day. I was feeling over stimulated by emails, facebook, pinterest, work, just connectivity in general. .

 I had my Iphone in hand and headphones ready to work it out. I began walking towards the trail and a Miranda Lambert song came blazing on. I was a second away from imagining a steamy country music video starring yours truly that involved vintage trucks, cowboy boots and a gun. Two seconds later the phone rings...I hit ignore. It dawned on me. I wasn’t taking the chance to disconnect literally.I should've left the phone in the car. I should be enjoying this scrumptious silence, looking at the beauty of the mountain, enjoying the sounds of the birds, the wind and even squirrels (those these days I detest those rats with cuter outfits). I immediately turned my phone off, shoved it in my pocket and continued on my hike. I realize this is what I was craving. This is what I need MORE of in my life. When I can walk in silence I have my best ideas. I have clarity. There is no outside noise or influence other than those of nature and fellow trail climbers.
It wasn't about the workout. although I had just thrown down on some Girl Scout cookies. I needed to disconnect in order to reconnect...with myself. This is when the idea hit me. What would happen if I could disconnect for a long period of time. Not just a 10 day 'fast' from Facebook but like a YEAR. No more social networking, no more pinning of things, no more reading of blogs, no more Internet or texting or emailing.  There would be OBVIOUS challenges and it may not be realistic; unless you live in a remote village or under a rock.  But wouldn't it be nice?

Don’t misunderstand. Technology is an amazing thing and I'd say I'm a champion and avid user.. Yelp tells me where to eat, Skype let's my parents and in-laws see my kid, I can find a new fitness class or my way to the mall.  I love shopping online, emailing,  and g-chatting with friends. I love reading blogs and pinning DIY projects I’ll never complete. It’s all wonderful. But somewhere along the way I have missed out on myself. I get comfortable. I  text friends rather than call them. I read blogs and am constantly bombarded with things I should WANT (fashion, beauty products, trends).. It’s all become a little too much for me to handle. And what am I teaching my son about communicating? I remember the 'good ol' days' when you'd call a friend after school and talk for hours. Talking! Now, we text..heck, some days I text my Mom instead of calling.
 I feel like I’m shorting myself and maybe those around me.  What would happen if I didn’t look at those things and just did what I wanted, bought what I felt I needed instead of what someone else thinks I should have. What if I picked up the phone to call a friend, or wrote them a letter instead of an email. Could I find a deeper level of happiness if I just went back to the basics? Why do I need to spend time on Facebook reading updates of people I haven’t seen in over 20 years or for that matter some that I don't even know? Does this bring any sort of value to my life or am I just falling victim to the "Time Suck" that is social networking?  If I want to reconnect with someone from my past, I should call them or send them a letter to see what is happening.

 I want to try….I want to disconnect so that I can reconnect in really meaningful ways. I think it would be exciting to see what would happen.

Do you think you could do it? What do you think you'd get from it? How would you set ground rules?
I’ll have to sit on this one for a while. Until then, gotta run…I need to update my Facebook status and get started on that DIY project I pinned last night.

1 comment:

  1. Love this! I've been thinking the same thing a lot, and funny enough it's a constant conversation I've been having with others via social media. I just posted today about how I had the best soul satisfying weekend because I didn't work, post on social media or even connect to the internet. I think I'm going to try and take Sundays off from all computer/social media/phone things. We'll see how it goes. A couple of my "social media" gal pals do "unplug for love". http://aedriel.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-unplug-for-love-campaign.html