I recently returned from a 48 hour trip to PA to visit my parents for my Dad’s 76th birthday. A house void of the internet. No email, no Facebook, no web browsing (growing up no cable or MTV-gasp!). And I survived. There were a few moments of withdrawl with thoughts like I wish I could check the weather before heading out for a run, or I could look up a yoga class to plan my AM. Solutions abound such as turning on a radio (like going back a century). OK. 45 degrees rain mostly gone;maybe a light shower;high of 65 degrees. Head out to run. When I get home, I look up the gym’s phone number and call about the yoga class schedule. I will survive without the internet. I had time to read a magazine, Whole Living. I read an article about time management-simplifying to be more relaxed and less stressed. So instead of hopping on the computer I spent time with family. Talked, laughed, ate. Went to see a movie with my son, sister, and brother-in-law. Visited a friend and her daughter. In short, had face to face quality conversations and experiences instead of perusing their Facebook or communicating via quick texts and instant messages.
A recent trip to Hawaii yielded me as the only one without an iPhone. Sometimes I feel technically archaic. But the same conveniences (yes it was nice to get directions instantly to the Thai restaurant) also evoke pet peeves and hindrances (my husband reaching for his keypad to text message when I’m trying to talk to him). Wondering how much more time we would spend talking instead of texting or Facebooking other people.
Which is exactly why my parents don’t have the internet. “I don’t want to get sucked into the computer and waste time,” my Dad states. He has a good point; that’s exactly what I do most days. He chooses to garden (I watch him propagate fig trees, transport conglomerate rocks from his cabin to build a garden wall, baby seedlings to plant in his garden), prune trees, work with wood (did I mention he is 76!).
Sure technology is convenient & necessary for work, but sometimes it’s nice to reboot. Get away, disconnect for a weekend or a week and see how else your time is spent. Watching your baby smile, seeing a friend, doing something you love, nurture yourself. 76 years of wisdom well spent.