Sometimes, we just need to unplug.
I did that recently — for four days — and found it Liberating.
It wasn’t intentional. Nor was it forced upon me.
I just had Other Things To Do. Things that didn’t involve a computer or social media.
Things I like to call Real Life.
(Not that all of you aren’t “real” because of course you are!)
I needed a break from the immediacy of online communication.
Needed to interact with people face-to-face. To dial back on the frantic pace life has become.
Oh, I took a vacation of sorts, and not so long ago.
But I used my computer and/or phone every day, so it didn’t feel very restful.
I needed to rest.
As my friend Barbara said, “We need more down time.”
Some of us more than others.
The lucky ones recognize that — and act on it. The unlucky/stubborn ones spin ’til they drop.
And I certainly didn’t want to do that!
As a society, we’re busy. Running here and there, getting stuff done. Handling perceived crises. Managing.
It’s hard to break away. It feels risky.
We think we’re indispensable.
And it’s humbling to find out that we’re not.
Tweets still get tweeted, blogs are posted, comments are exchanged. Pictures are added to Pinterest, connections are made on LinkedIn, and people do whatever they do on Facebook.
Whether we participate or not.
After a break we feel out of the loop. Like we entered a movie theater while the credits were rolling.
Still, taking a break now and then is a good thing. We need time away to process information, to create, to experience things so we’ll have something new to share when we return.
Don’t you agree?