Thursday, May 29, 2014

Take a moment to imagine summer free of Internet distractions. Imagine the summer heat reflecting off the roads; instead of huddling inside with our computer screens and iPhones, imagine us planning escapades with groups of friends (like a Color War or a swimming expedition or dances or even sleepovers full of pillow fights and the long lost pleasures of yester-year). Imagine us camping with siblings in the back yard with bonfires for roasting marshmallows and many choruses of laughter. Imagine us dancing in the rain, hiding out in blanket forts when it storms, and reading in a cosy nook instead of surfing Pinterest in a cosy nook. Imagine us failing to watch Netflix every night but choosing to stargaze and think and pray. Imagine us trotting up to the pool more often or running through the sprinkler or experimenting in the kitchen. Imagine us taking the time to write real encouraging notes to dear friends and sending it through the post instead of through Gmail. Imagine us spending more time with the people we love and less time with the people on the Internet.

Somehow I get the feeling that by the time the summer ends, we wouldn't be regretting this course of action, no matter how difficult it may be. We may miss blogging giveaways and blog announcements. We may miss the excitement of meeting new people on the blogosphere and we may experience the pain of losing followers. We may feel pressured to keep up the online scene so that we won't lose what "popularity" we may have gained. But, somehow, I feel that in the end, we would leave the summer feeling more content with the way we chose to spend our time. Somehow I feel that we would leave the summer having accomplished more, having grown in relationships more, having taken the bother to delve into the things that matter most.

I'm considering taking an entire, complete break from the Internet this summer. No emailing. No blogging. No surfing for fun. And instead stretching my creativity to do other things. This isn't an announcement saying "farewell, I'm gone for the summer starting right now, ta-ta." It's just saying that I'm considering it, and I'm wondering...

who's with me?

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