“Social media demands a lot of us on top of our already demanding lives. So let’s disconnect as we need to and renew our interest and ourselves.” – Simon Mainwaring.
One of my new favourite bloggers, Steve Marquez, recently wrote a post on disconnecting that resonated with me. Check it out here. I find it necessary for my sanity to take regular breaks from email and the Internet at large. As such, I generally make it a habit to stay as far away from my computer as possible on Sundays.
But sometimes one day just isn’t enough. I didn’t post last week because I was taking a five-day Internet break . . . in Vegas! Ten girls on a stagette (no, not mine). Oh boy. Oh man, what a city. And it was my first visit, so even that much more thrilling. The moment the strip came into view as I peered out the plane window, face smushed against the glass, life back home seemed non-existent.
There’s just something about Vegas – it feels like being in a bubble, in another world. My vacation was truly an experience of constantly living in the moment. I had been worried about leaving my email unattended for a five-day period, but I was reminded while away, as I have been before, “The world won’t end if you aren’t available immediately.”
The overstimulating lights, the constant noise and air conditioning, and the late nights drained me physically, but the disconnection renewed me mentally. Most of us are busy and overworked – so take a vacation, and really take it. Get away physically if you can, but the mental holiday is most important.
Song of the week: “Medicine” – Daughter