The world, as a whole, has become so connected to technology that we sometimes forget to unplug now and again to really experience life itself. Being plugged in 24/7 isn’t good for anyone; it is not good for you or your health, not good for your family, and it is definitely not biofriendly. Remember, life is not all about what we do online, on our phones, via our iPads, Kindles, or other technological devices. It is about living, experiencing the world around us, and enjoying the moment.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I make my living online, so I am almost constantly and continuously online whether it is to write, blog, connect with others via email, social media and more. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to/need to unplug. I have a wonderful family, composed of my caring husband and the two best kids in the world (yes, I may be biased, but I am their mom, right?!). I also have many other family members and numerous great friends who live nearby. If I don’t unplug then I miss a lot of things I really don’t want to be missing.
Besides, it is not like we haven’t lived without always being plugged in. As a kid, I used to spend my days playing in the trees, roaming along the bridle trail above our house, and enjoying the great outdoors. I didn’t spend it plugged in. You know kids are too “plugged in” when they go to the local park/playground and spend more time playing games on their phones, their parents’ phones, or other electronic devices than they do playing outside on the playground equipment, or simply running around the park. Then to see parents who care more about being on their phones instead of watching/playing with their kids…well, it is sad.
Don’t miss out on life! Join the National Day of Unplugging and pledge to unplug. You can start by joining up with everyone else who is pledging to unplug for 24 hours, from sunset on March 1st to sunset on March 2nd. Not sure what you can do doing during your unplugged time? Get outside, go for a walk, ride your bike, have a picnic, play games with the family, talk, relax, read a book (yes, a book), have friends over for dinner, go camping and so much more.
The whole point is to remind you that you don’t need to be “plugged in” to your computer, your phone, or any other electronic device all the time, you should unplug more often so that you can live and enjoy your LIFE to the fullest. After you’ve done it once you will probably find you like it and you can unplug more often. (Note: You may have withdrawal symptoms the first time you do it, but that is normal. Just power through and you’ll come out the other end better for it!)
I hope you will join me, from sunset on March 1st to sunset on March 2nd, and go biofriendly with the National Day of Unplugging. Don’t forget to share what you plan on doing, or what you did, instead of remaining plugged in all day long.
Featured image by Michael Peligro via Flickr Creative Commons