This week I attacked my Summer Bucket List hard. On Sunday, I went camping in beautiful Lake George, NY. On this camping trip I went kayaking, tubing, white water rafting, and took a sight-seeing trip on the lake; some of the pictures are below. It was one of the best weeks of this summer and it isn’t even over yet. Tomorrow, I going to my first IMAX movie which isn’t that big of a deal but it is still a new experience; however, I digress. Back to the camping trip, I did all this stuff and one of the best parts was that I was totally disconnected.
Disconnected from what you may ask (you probably didn’t ask but I am going to pretend you did anyway). I was disconnected from the online world. With so many social media sites and so many ways to access them, this could be a hard thing to do in this day and age. However, I challenge you to do it. Turn your cell phone off, unplug your computer, and forget to charge your table. Fall of the face of the earth and make it almost impossible to contact you.
Don’t worry, your Facebook notifications can wait; your Twitter followers don’t need to know what you are doing every day; and yes, even you WordPress readers will understand if you took a short hiatus. Even my mom lasted a couple of days without hearing from me. Don’t get me wrong I love her dearly but man can she worry. I promised to keep in touch but naturally my phone had no service in the mountains (I guess that’s what you get for having Virgin Mobile.)
The point is you and all those people (because we all know that we have huge numbers of adoring fans that hang on our ever word) that sit around just waiting for your next Facebook status, your next Tweet, or your next post will be alright. Furthermore, everything will be there when you get back (I am back aren’t I?). In fact, you will be better than alright. You will be able to live a little more and enjoy yourself. Think, you will not have to worry about checking anything or responding to anything, you will be disconnected. In actuality, you will be completely connected to something else.
On my trip I was connected to nature and the beautiful sites I saw. I was a little upset to think I wouldn’t be able to take picture of white water rafting because I didn’t want to ruin my camera but I didn’t need pictures. I was so connected to nature and living in the moment I didn’t need any pictures to remember anything. Not having a camera probably helped me connect more.
So it may be hard, but just disconnect from everything. You don’t have to totally fall off the grid like I did, you can start small. For example, I never bring my phone to the gym. When I am at the gym I want to be connected to my workout not anything else. So start with these small steps. Maybe leave your phone in your locker at the gym or in the car when you go to the beach to read a book. Just disconnect from the technology world and reconnect with another activity.
I am going to find new ways to disconnect so that I can be better connected to the things I do. I believe that this is a way I will enjoy my life more. I think you should try the same, it won’t hurt. Have you ever been disconnecting for a while? How did it feel?