This made me realize how dependent I have become on my device! I’ve only had my iPad for 2 years! What did I do before I had my iPad? What did we do before smart phones? Or even mobile phones.
This got me thinking about my youth and how wonderful and freeing it was to not be reliant and attached to a mobile device. We had more patience and trust. We listened more and spoke more. We spent more time with our family and friends. We had many outdoor activities. The days felt longer. We sang our own songs and played music on our knees. We made up our own games and half the fun was to come up with the rules for the game. We got very excited to receive a letter in the post. We had to go to the library to get books and search for information for school projects. We gave our full attention to a task. We got a lot more done. Life was actually less stressful!
But I think I (we) have become addicted to our devices! And that is my concern. I often see people walking in the street or sitting on the bus or at a restaurant and they are so zoned in on their devices that they don’t appreciate their surroundings. They don’t even talk to the person sitting across from them which is their partner or friend. They think they are connected to the world but in reality, they have lost their connection to humanity, nature and themselves.
We should manage our time in such a way that our hours, days, weeks, lives don’t go by without us living it. What I mean is the amount of time we spend being non-productive. Instead of going onto Facebook for hours go for a run or a walk outside. Read a book. Take a weekend break from your device, OK maybe try a day then or even a few hours to start with. Just put your phone down and enjoy a day with your family or friends, go for lunch, go to the park, do something for an extended period of time without looking at your phone. Or even better spend some time alone in nature watching the birds, listening to a river, looking at the clouds. Just being in the moment with yourself and with nature. You will be amazed at how this will help lower your stress levels and you will feel more connected!
Here is to enjoying your device but knowing when to take a break. Enjoy your life, your living breathing life.