I look at emails about fifty times a day, I look at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin about twenty times a day, I read the news online, I check the weather (often rather than looking out the window) Skype, Whatsapp and text on my super iphone. The iphone – a portal to learning ANYTHING.
Ten year old me would be astounded by the amount of technology I engage in. Back then we had a family PC that practically took up a whole room, where we took it in turns to play a black and white version of Tetris. We also played tapes and experienced power cuts on a regular basis.
I’m part of Generation Y. Technology and me have grown up together. I think technology is incredible, it’s exciting, it allows for so much connectivity, and I’m all about connecting, reaching out and learning from each other.
But sometimes, I feel wired by it, my mind buzzes like a computer and I get migraines after long exposures to screens. I find myself working on my computer in one position for hours, ignoring the fact I need a cup of tea, or a wee…
I’ve developed a strategy in life whereby I regularly ‘check-in’ with myself to see how engaged with my authenticity I am at any current moment. When I do a check-in, and realise I’m totally plugged in and fixed to the spot on my computer I know it’s time to go back to basics.
And so I strip myself of my technology and I go out and run. Me, my keys, the sea to one side, the wind in my face. I just run, me and my body and my mind slowly releasing all the ‘charge’ that’s built up through being plugged-in to technology.
And I know that if I don’t do this, if I don’t unplug and get back to basics I burn out, I get ill, I get utterly de-motivated and I move so far away from who I really am at my core.
Getting rid of the technological clutter around us allows us to remember the stuff that really matters; the way we feel, what we dream of, and what life is really all about.