I often wonder how my parents and grandparents survived without cell phones and internet. Coming from the borderline generation (who grew up right in between the Internet revolution) I remember calling my friends on their home phone, using pay phones and having a thick phone book at home.
Nowadays, I feel like we are more and more connected to our screens (smart phones, computers, TV, games, advertisements and all sorts of distracting elements) than we are to people. Not only we are bombarded with hundreds of messages from the moment we wake up till we go to bed, we are also followed and tracked. Although it’s difficult to take drastic measures and escape from the daily hassles, I find the simple act of acknowledging the consequences of our daily exposure helps.
I believe that finding a balance is key to living a wholesome life. Today’s technology brings us closer than ever and in a split of a second can pull us distances apart (I get a kick when I watch people getting together for a drink and spending most of their time focused on their screens and not talking to each other).
Now let’s face it! Finding the balance doesn’t come easy…and the idea of balance is different for everyone. One things that worked wonderfully for me is to reserve 1 hour a week to « just wander without a purpose ». After doing it for over a year, I find this mind-relaxing activity as an incredible booster of creativity and mindfulness. I like to call it my « idea incubator ».
During my weekly hour, I usually go for a walk. Other times I write or I just stay still (no cell phones, tablet or TV) relaxing, observing my environment, listening to all sorts of noises and just getting in touch with myself. Sometimes I do something as silly as doing my nails or taking a bath.
I urge you to take a look at your life and make it a priority to find your personal time (it could be an hour, 10 minutes or whatever you’re willing to invest in yourself).
Most of the landscape pictures I post here, come from my « me time ». I will leave you with some images I captured last week, while wondering, admiring and observing my surroundings. Enjoy! 🙂