Unplugged

I’m just flying home from a fabulous week on the beach where I put my phone and tablet into the hotel room safe, and didn’t look back. It’s a funny thing in this day and age not to be constantly in touch with your friends, your family, the world. And it really is the world you are leaving behind. Because of the Internet I now am in daily contact with friends from all over; Canada, the U.K., everywhere. It’s amazing. But it’s also consuming.

When I told my brother that I didn’t think my phone would work out of the country and that I wasn’t going to be on the Internet much, but that I would try to check email every day he said, “Well I can contact you via Facebook, right?”

And I said, “No, I’m not going to be looking at Facebook.”

“Well then, we can do a Hangout, if I need to get ahold of you. That should work out of the country.”

I just shook my head. “What don’t you understand about not being on the Internet?”

It was almost inconceivable to him that I was truly unplugging.

It turned out that I checked my email a few times during the last eight days. Not every day. I kept forgetting. I was busy. Busy doing nothing.

And it felt fabulous.

I talked to people, face to face. I danced with my husband. I sat on the beach and soaked up the vitamin D and didn’t even read while I did it. Sometimes I think our new world, while amazing, takes over our lives. I love getting to know new people online. I love checking in and seeing what they are all doing. But I also loved checking out.

And you know what? I think I’m going to try to do it more often. Not because I don’t love all my FB friends and family, but because I loved getting to know that other side of myself. The side that shows up when I’m not frantically online, writing, reading, keeping up with all the things I “have” to do. The inner side of me.

As a writer I do look inside, but not as much as I used to before I become a Internet social butterfly. Writing is an internal thing, but it’s also inspired by what’s outside. But what if you start to look so far outside, you forget to look inside? What happens to my writing then?

And what about you? What have you done for that inner self lately? Whether you are a writer or not, consider nurturing it by taking some time and unplugging and seeing what the other world has in store for you. Your inner world, the one outside of all the hustle and bustle.

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4 responses to “Unplugged

  1. So good to look at your natural world, isn’t it? Yesterday, Sunday, I got up, had my breakfast, turned on my computer and almost immediately turned it off again. Instead I took a good book and crawled back into bed to read for an hour or so. Later in the day, after a great family event over the dinner hour, I purposely didn’t look at my email. I knew the first version of my book trailer was there but I didn’t open it until this morning. Didn’t want to be sidetracked into thinking about it while I was relaxing. Funny thing is, when I tried to open it this morning, I needed a password which I didn’t have!
    Have a great productive day, Jessica!

    • HI Elaine, what a lovely day. It’s so nice to not be on the computer, or even a cell phone. I think we forget how quiet the world can be. I have to confess that on the weekends I only check out my computer early in the morning, then I focus on all the things around the house and the family instead. Including the dog. She insists, weekends are for the dog park, not the computer!

  2. I did the same thing for most of April & early May, Jessica. It did feel wonderful not to worry about not being on. Of course, the price of internet packages on cruise ships can discourage one to limit…LOL

    • I did pay for the internet, but I only used it to keep track of my kids and folks. And a little email culling. The worst part was the pile of work when I got home! LOL

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