So friends? I just spent a week almost completely offline. Aside from the very occasional Instagram-turned-tweet, I was blissfully and fully among the three-dimensional world. And it was heavenly.
It wasn’t expected, to be honest. Norwegian Cruise Line sent the five of us on a cruise to the Bahamas (and I’ll be writing about it over at Babble), and for that we will be forever grateful. We had no idea how badly we needed a family vacation until we actually went on one.
But it turns out that the Internet is pretty sketchy on a cruise ship—it has to be done via satellite, which means it’s unreliable, expensive, and slow as molasses. Kyle and I were transported back to Kosovo in 2000, when we’d only get online when it was absolutely necessary.
I got the shakes a bit at first, wondering if I was missing anything urgent or important, but by the third day, ignorance was bliss. I loved that my hands were tied, forced to do nothing but enjoy my family and nature. The blog was in good hands, so I could keep my hands full of sticky toddler hands, paperback novels, and the occasional margarita.
We had not taken a family vacation, purely for the fun of it, since 2009—and it had taken its toll. I’m aware of how much we needed this time together by how much more patient, rested, and smiling I am at my children now that we’ve returned.
The trip reminded me that I used to completely go offline on Sundays, just to give my mind a rest and to help me slow down and soak in the world around me. I’m going back to that practice.
So I encourage you today: do what you need to do online, read what’s encouraging to you, maybe say hi on Facebook for a few minutes. Then close the laptop. Work on a project around the house, meet a friend for lunch, lay in the backyard with your kids, or maybe read a book made of ink and paper.
I love the Internet—it provides a living for my family, and it’s brought some of the best people in the world to my life. But offline is pretty great, too, in case you were wondering. I had forgotten that.
What are you doing today?