Monday, April 18, 2011

Go Offline

Many reading this might not remember a time before the Internet. I do. As a child, television and video games often kept me glued to a screen. Every summer we went camping as a family. Shortly before our trip, I'd wonder how I'd survive without my television and video games, but somehow I did.

This past weekend, after many years, I went camping again. As in the olden days, I left my electronics behind (I made exceptions for my camera and sonicare). No cell phone, no Internet, no TV, and certainly no video games. I felt a little nervous at first, but after a while it felt great. I didn't care what people were doing on Facebook. I didn't even care about the time of day. It didn't matter. Only three things mattered; myself, my companions, and my surroundings. I took the opportunity to soak it all in.

Pick an upcoming weekend and go offline. Encourage your friends and family to join you. Tweet, Facebook, and text everyone to let them know that they may have trouble reaching you. If you can, think back to a time when you didn't have access to electronic devices. What did you do to keep yourself entertained?

Suggested Vital Actions...

- Read
- Play a game with friends
- Visit a family member or old friend
- Try a new recipe
- Write
- Create something artistic

Leave a comment stating what you did with your extra time and who you spent it with.

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