When I was 14, I got my first cell phone. It was small and flipped and was only supposed to be used in case of emergencies, and not for texting...or being charged per text (Sorry Papa), it was still a phone. Since most of us have had phones we've kept them attached to us the entire day, it's our alarm and has our morning playlist, it keeps us updated with our friends and family throughout the day, it entertains us on the train or has a sweet podcast for the drive home, for some it's a quick way to keep the kiddos entertained when you're out (no judgement here, I taught Pre-K, do your thing). It's our flashlight, pulls up a quick recipe for dinner, we use it for EVERYTHING. So what happens when you go just one weekend without it?
Well, this weekend I went camping with my boyfriend and some friends and while everyone else had signal, this gal did not. And man, was it amazing. At first I kept trying to find signal in a certain spot or every time I would find it I would start opening Facebook and Instagram and then I realized that I was insane.
I was surrounded by nature and instead if embracing it, I was trying to watch videos on plantain desserts. So, I set my phone down, only used it for pictures or as a flashlight, and enjoyed the silence. Taking a break from social media and non-urgent text messages once in a while should be mandatory. If it's an emergency, they'll call you.
I was surrounded by great company, good food and a lot of laughter. I sneaked away for a bit and grabbed my new book Healing Herbal Teas by Sarah Farr, it was a big change from the sounds of the city, that's for sure.
So, try to put that phone that's next to you or that you're reading this on, on sleep mode. Sit outside and read a book, talk to someone in person, meditate, and just enjoy your surroundings. Facebook and Instagram will still be there when you get back.
*I just want to throw in that Trancoso is camping friendly. They were SO comfortable.