Trying to navigate 2016 is a complicated and daunting task. Many of us are still trying to figure out what it means to be a well rounded person in a day and age when technology tracks our every move and we’re constantly connected to everyone we know. These connections, however great they may be, can make it impossible for a person to take care of themselves.
On a daily basis when I wake up the first think I do is check my phone. Emails, facebook notifications, snaps, stories, tweets, retweets, instagram notifications, text messages; hell, it’s exhausting just listing them. From the moment I wake up I’m already thinking about what other people need from me, what other people are doing. Half the time I spend so long answering emails and messages that I’m unable to style my hair (to those who know me, this is a big deal).
Last month I went three weeks without a phone… I know, right? At first it felt crazy. How would I ever know where I’m going? How would I know what’s going on in the world? How would I even know what time it is? It was a rough transition for sure but after about a week I realized that I was a lot more relaxed. I was able to control when people asked me for things because I had to physically go to my computer and check. This didn’t mean I was slowing down, it just meant that I didn’t have to have my world revolve around everyone else.
It’s important to tune out the world once in a while, take stock of what you need and want from life, not your friends and coworkers. I’m beginning to learn that sometimes it’s okay to let your phone die and just live in the moment. Take things at your own pace, one step at a time. Read books, watch movies, enjoy a beautiful day, then get to that mess of notifications at the top of your screen. IT’S OKAY. The world will still be there when you’re ready for it, so take care of yourself before you take care of your emails. They aren’t going anywhere but if you’re not careful life might pass you by.