The sound of people rushing from one destination to another, the sound of buses pulling up in the station, the constant chatter, are you not tried of it all? With the risk of sounding older than I am, don’t you miss the old days? The world before the fake news, smartphones and pretence?
If you find yourself in the same boat as me, then I am sorry. On the other hand, it is nice to know that I am not alone. With all the changes in my life I started thinking about the past and I remembered one instance when I was supposed to move in with someone who was a friend of a friend. In the few hours we spent together, the other person was glued to her phone. That is what life has come to and to think that was five years ago.
A few weeks ago I had enough of being bombarded by photos of people who showcase their perfect lives on social media when I know for certain that their are as unhappy as they come. It was too much so I did the only thing I could think of and I disconnected. I lived without internet for 21 days and what glorious days they were.
Going offline was not easy as real life has a way of pulling you back in, but I resisted and I am glad that I did. I had a chance to think about the things I want in life, to really think about them. Furthermore, I managed to organise some things and finally read some of those magazines that have been pilling up. It was not exactly an “Eat, Pray, Love” self discovery journey, but it was as close as it can get from the comfort of one’s bedroom.
DISCLAIMER: Going offline does not magically solve all your problems, but it gives you an opportunity to reconnect with the things that truly matter – life. It reminds you what it is like to really live and enjoy the little things.
If you can afford to, then go offline. Regardless of what you might discover, it will only make you a stronger person when you reach the other end of the journey, of that I am sure. Don’t worry about the lack of Internet and missing out on something. You won’t. Your true friends will still be there once you are done with the digital cleansing and if something major happens, you will find out anyway. As for the general internet addiction. it is easier than it looks. and this is coming form a tech geek.
Think about it. Looking forward to hearing your story.
Stay tuned for ideas on how to spend your time offline.