Summer is finally here to stay. For me that means I can get out on my mountain bike. Riding is something I live for, and have for a long time. In fact, it was a huge reason for moving from the maritimes to BC.
I’m not here to talk about riding though. (I am working on a post about Jump Ship which we watched over the weekend…) Instead I want to touch on an experience which really got me thinking about how connected I am, maybe a little too wired in.
When I’m out riding it is about getting away. Living in the moment is pretty key when you’re up in the air or flying down a trail. It really isn’t a great time to hear your phone ring or beep to let you know you’ve received a text.
I’ve made a habit of turning my phone totally off. Until this summer I’m not sure I had ever turned my phone off. Spending the day in the woods away from distraction is something I cherish. The absence of any electronic distraction was such an incredible novelty that I sometimes don’t turn it back on for the rest of the day.
What really surprised me though was the amount of texts and missed calls I was greeted with. “Oh my gosh, did you lose your phone!?” and so on. Keep in mind we are talking about just a few hours. I have to admit this bothered me a little. I recall not too many years ago leaving my phone at home more often than not.
I love being connected, I really do. I just don’t want to forget what it is like to be disconnected. I feel this is so incredibly important. So important in fact that many people are a little uneasy about doing it.
I’m not going to throw my phone into the ocean any time soon. But I am going to be a bit more adventurous and make sure to live a little more simply some days.
As cliche as it sounds, taking the time to “stop and smell the flowers” sometimes means putting Angry Birds away for a little bit…
Your digital life will still be there waiting for you.
Photo: Ty Hedden – Rider: Taylor Leigh