We spent the day turning our smartphones on and off, date, WiFi, 3G, 4G. We drove and got excited when the road offered us a spot of data, a small area where our phones would finally connect to the outside world. Our hearts leapt at the chance to stare at that small screen again, on the off chance someone somewhere had thought of us enough to text, message or tag us.
24 hours later, the data had gone. A black hole for technology, battery draining as quickly as my patience. So when I went to bed. sliding between white sheets in our little attic room, I thought I’d try one more time. But as I turned on the glowing screen yet again, I stopped. I’d come away to get a break and reset, to to spend time with family, to laugh and explore and remember. How much of these precious few days would I remember if I was constantly distracted by the possibility of an interaction on social media?
I looked at my phone, still trying to update the Facebook status from 4 hours previously. I looked at it and then I turned it off and the world around me suddenly grew.
A strange sensation as my hearing sharpened and I became aware of objects at the periphery of my vision. I noticed the soft carpet, the crisp linen. I felt that I’d been away for a long time, and suddenly awakened, returned back to a world I’d left behind in favour of a 4 inch rectangular screen. I breathed in and turned over in the bed, looking forward to the next day, filled with senses and smiles, followed by another, and another.
When technology is such an integral part of our lives it’s almost impossible to imagine even a few days without it. But I think it’s important to try, even only once in a while, to turn off the electronics and be aware of what’s around us. To become unplugged. In an international 24/7 world, where you can get the answer to any question at the touch of a button, it’s important to take a little time to wonder, imagine, and focus on the tiny stuff. The immediate moments, the small world that, as it turns out, is much bigger than we think.