In the digital age we all live in I think that one of our biggest ‘problems’ is the fact we never take enough time to just be us. Time is precious and we are reminded of that fact everyday, live like theres no tomorrow, utilise every second you have and make every moment count. I am all for new experiences and making the most of our precious time, but I also believe it’s important for us to take a minute or two, every once in a while and stop, just for a bit, just to be alone. I am guilty of the fact I never switch off. I can’t remember the last time my phone was off when I was asleep and I am constantly doing something, checking something or watching something. I say to my friends that I would be lost without my blog, not just because of the creative outlet it gives me and vast opportunities to meet incredible people, but because it keeps me busy. I love the time in the evening or weekend when I go into my element and loose a number of hours blogging, reading, or watching videos. It truly is a passion of mine and keeps my brain active in a world away from work but in a way, it does contribute to the fact that I never allow myself to simply switch off from it all and do nothing.
I think my problem comes from the fact that I am one of those impatient people, you might not notice it in day to day life but watch me use my computer and you will see it within seconds. A page taking too long to load? I move to Twitter and scroll through tweets. TV show getting a bit dull? I tab across to a YouTube video I was in the middle of watching. I hardly ever sit still during the day. Last year I went to a local salon for a treatment which involved me, in a room, for an hour with nothing but my thoughts. I spent at least 45 of those precious minutes wondering if I could get up and grab my phone, pathetic aye ;) We are consumed by media 24/7 and often it can feel like if we switch off we will miss out. However, looking forward in life I don’t want to be a person attached to my phone wondering what pictures have been posted to Instagram since I last checked it 10 minutes ago whilst the world goes by without me noticing.
Last week I went to visit my friend at work for lunch, surrounded by her offices is this stream filled with baby ducklings, fish and birds. In an oddly busy business park filled with television companies you have this outdoor serenity that gives you that rare chance to switch off and gaze blissfully at the water. With the sun shining it was a gorgeous day and reminds me that although I love gallivanting around and being active on social media, sometimes it is just as important to switch off and have some time for yourself. I also need to stop taking my laptop to bed, nothing raunchy going on here but every time I do my early bed time suddenly creeps into the next hour thanks to me loosing track of time scrolling through the internet. It’s like a trap you can never break out of ;) Do you ever feel like with how media has evolved we have a constant battle between keeping up or switching off? Be brave, those pictures on Instagram can always be looked at later ;)
Here is my challenge to you and myself, try to switch off at least once a weak, go outside, look up at the sky and enjoy the world around you :)