Motivated by the challenge set before me in fellow bloggers post: Project Unplugged: Can you disconnect from technology? I decided I would sever my ties from electronics for the evening. How’d I do?
As I had mentioned I had great apprehension. I thought maybe it would go away as the night wore on & I got used to the idea. After all, other people had commented on how liberating it felt during their technology sabbatical. I wanted this experience so badly for myself. Here’s what I learned…
With my DH being out for the evening it was just me and the lil’girlie. I assumed we would play like never before, bond beyond words, and have a magical night. Instead, 2yr old independence was running this evening. I sat with her on the floor (which I often do anyway) and grabbed a toy to interact with her. She didn’t want me to play with her toys and promptly ripped them out of my hands. In fact she didn’t want to play with me at all, and seemed rather annoyed that I was interfering. So I just observed. It really impressed upon me how grateful I am to have a child that is happy to entertain herself. (Sharing seems to be an issue – but we’ll work on that).
Without DH, & a little girl who wanted to do her own thing, the house was quiet and lonely. (I had even opted to remove TV or music from my repertoire). At this point – and MANY points throughout the night I LONGED for my phone. I just wanted to see what everyone was doing. I had purposely left it upstairs as I knew the temptation would be too much. It taunted me with its little ting-tingings of email, FB messages, & txts. Ugh!! But we continued on… dinner, more play time, a book or 2. I even took a needle & thread to a pillow that was losing it’s stuffing – Gasp!! I spent time rocking the girlie before bed.
I was dreading bedtime the most. Without ALL sources of entertainment what would I do? Going to bed myself, would be my only choice to survive this lonely-fest. I thought about doing so, but then stopped to put the final touches on a custom order I had been working on. Then I found myself beginning a 2nd custom order I had waiting in the wings. Oh and why not work on these bracelets I have sitting here too…. And then it struck me: during creative endeavors, I’m completely unaware, free, and liberated. I don’t long for anything. Even the alarms of my phone have no hold on me. My sabbatical had arrived.
The evening taught me that technology’s grip could be broken. I learned that I use my phone and computer mostly to pass time in-between tasks. I enjoyed my quality time with my daughter. But it wasn’t much different from any other night. I think the most freeing aspect of my evening was realizing that I had more will-power than I thought I could muster. And I actually started at 5:00pm last night and didn’t look at an electronic device until 7:00am this morning. And now that I have…. I didn’t miss much…..
Have you unplugged? How did you survive? What was your experience?