Remember the last time you woke up, made coffee, prepared breakfast and got dressed for your day? Notice I left out one step that everyone over the age of, oh, 10 years old does in the morning … Check your phone. See if you got a text, tweet or Facebook notification.
I can remember all the way back to middle school when I would wake up, go to school, borrow a phone to call mom to tell her where to pick me up and then go home to play outside until dinner. I remember things being simpler and even more enjoyable. Maybe I wasn’t able to take pictures of the awesome forts we built in the creek in my neighborhood. And yes, mom could have called to tell me to come home for dinner. I also could have texted my friends to meet up at the park before we headed to the creek … but I didn’t. Somehow, we all showed up right after we got home from school and we explored, built, laughed, and enjoyed being in that moment. There were no phones to distract us, no pictures to capture – only the ones left in our minds.
Don’t get me wrong, technology is great and some of the advancements have improved our way of life – they’ve even saved some. However, technology has killed many and has prevented many kids from playing out in the real world by keeping them inside on their devices. Yes, I am an advocate of technology and all of its useful tools, cell phones mainly. Nevertheless, I still spend many moments of my day without it.
It has become so hard for people to fall off the grid for even an hour each day anymore. Work emails, reading everyone’s status updates and viewing Instagram pictures have become our new daily norm. Remember the simpler times when you would be somewhere outside the house and you were truly all there? The attention on your surroundings and the conversations you were having with people that were not virtually around, but physically.
I get caught up in this social era just like everyone else, which is why I feel the need to suggest an idea for a new everyday norm…. disconnect, unplug, fall of the grid, and be in the present moment more than once a day. Soak in your surroundings and capture your own images, but keep them in your mind. Update something around you or in your life without sharing it with the digital world. Don’t let the era before digital totally die, you might be surprised to see how much more you notice about your life and what’s going on around you.