I’ve been away for a few days maybe you noticed and maybe you didn’t but it was a break I needed. No, I didn’t go anywhere warm or anywhere that didn’t have access to the internet. It wasn’t really a break I just needed space away from the internet and social media and my phone. Isolation from social media and technology was something long overdue.
I’m normally the kind of person you can get in contact with really easy weather it be on Facebook or Twitter or sending me a quick text or a phone call. I’m always quick to reply because I’m a pretty inpatient person and I don’t like waiting for people to respond to me. This weekend was different, I was the one hard to get in contact with. Although I didn’t go the whole weekend without my phone I lasted a while which was refreshing.
I feel I personally rely on my phone for social contact a little more than I should. It’s a piece of technology that most of us would be lost without but this weekend I found I wasn’t lost without it. I actually spent the weekend communicating with people face to face rather than over a quick text. I even spoke to strangers on the train, which is something I rarely do. On journey’s I normally have headphones in to block out the rest of the world but I didn’t this weekend.
I spoke to the sweetest old man and we didn’t talk about anything life changing or that made me realise I wanted to do something with my life. We talked about what his wife was making him for dinner and how he’d just got back from visiting his grandkids, who were five and seven. Sometimes it’s the simple conversations that can make you smile the most.
So with my phone turned back and social media posts returning back to normal these blog posts will be coming more regularly and hopefully that’ll be a good thing. I’m not saying I won’t disappear some days because I will. My life doesn’t run on the internet. Social contact and lying in the sun are great but it’s not the same if you have to tweet or Instagram the moment.
I can see another social media and phone break in the near future, how near I don’t know. It’s refreshing and it’s good to just watch the world go buy with your own eyes instead of over a phone or through posts on the internet. I like it and if it’s something any of you have ever thought about doing that I highly suggest it. It might be hard but the break is worth it.
Check out my previous 100 days of happiness here! It’s all how first year of university is over and I can finally enjoy the start of summer and any sunshine that decides to shine down on Scotland!