Do you disconnect in order to connect?
I’ll admit it — I have an unhealthy addiction to my phone. I’ve been wondering — is this the week to turn it all off?
The holiday season makes many of us reflect on our lives, all the good, the bad, and the ugly. I find myself going back over the past year and thinking, “was this year what I wanted?” I’m grateful for so many things and I also notice all the holes and things that were missing. Overall, I usually focus on all the amazing people I’ve spent time with throughout the year.
Around this time of year, I want to reach out to all my friends around the world to connect, to let them know that I’m thinking of them.
With lots of vacation time on my hands, I also find myself spending hours staring at my computer screen. I’m online shopping, reading news, and wasting way too much time on social media.
And so, I’m pretty sure that this is the time. I need to disconnect for a few days. In order to connect back to my life, to the people around me, and to myself — I need to turn off my screens. I’m honestly not sure if I can keep myself from cheating. If I allow myself GoogleMaps and my phone’s camera, can I really resist Facebook, CandyCrush, and email? It’s embarrassing to admit my addiction.
On Christmas day, I leave for a mini-getaway in St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. If I can’t disconnect on a beautiful Caribbean beach, is there something seriously wrong?
I’ll be back before New Years, so it’s just a few days away. Still, I’m thinking of all sorts of excuses why I’ll need to check in. I have about 24 hours to make my decision — any advice? What’s your experience disconnecting?
In case I’m out of touch, wishing all of you a wonderful holiday and last days of 2014. Whether online or in person, I hope you all have lots of opportunities to connect with the people you love.