We live in the age of social media. Where everything is accessible and life has become faster and faster as the days go by. Just thinking about it gives me anxiety … Our children today are more worried about chatting with their friends through a screen than hanging out with the people around them. We are more worried about likes and getting the perfect picture than we are worried about taking in what we are standing right in front of.
Maybe just maybe we should start unplugging more:
I recently took a trip with my boyfriend, it was just a weekend away. I made it a point to take a book with me and not shut my phone off but find things to do and enjoy the company I had in front of me. It was such an eye opening experience.
1. Seeing my surroundings:
Usually I would be taking pictures during our walks, or trying to get the perfect shot of him and I to update my profile picture. Instead this time I put my phone in my pocket and held my boyfriends hand. We walked through the trails. We talked about out life together, and our dreams. We listened to the nature around us. We took deep breaths of the fresh air. It was the most stressless time we have every had. In that moment I took his arm and he kissed me on my forehead and it was the most perfect moment.
2. Enjoyed company:
We were there with his family. We all put of our electronics down and hung out. We played corn hole and card. We sat by the fire and chatted. We took walks. We went for rides. We shot guns. We enjoyed getting to know each other better and having other people to talk to. We were not wrapped up in our everyday lives we were hanging out with people who we would normally not be able to hang with.
3. Family Dinner:
Another thing that we practiced was eating together as a family. This is something that I had not done in years. Mostly because my life is so fast pace I could not imagine making time to sit for an hour and eat. Instead I eat in my car or while I am doing homework. However, this weekend I got to sit down at a table and actually enjoy a meal. Something that I never thought I would crave for. Now I on purpose make time to sit and eat dinner.