On a holiday that’s all about the lights (okay, fireworks, but you get my point) I’ve decided to go dark. Dark on social media, that is.
Today Joe and I will head out on his parents’ boat to go to Provincetown for the 4th of July weekend. It’s always a really fantastic time full of the beach, great food, and plenty of drag queens. As someone who is tied to her phone, it’s also usually full of checking email, posting to social media, and just generally “checking in” with the rest of the world. Not this year.
From today until we return to Boston on Sunday evening (don’t worry, we have someone taking care of the guinea pigs while we’re away), my phone is staying in airplane mode unless for some reason I get separated from Joe.
That means no Instagram posts until I return, no email (work or personal), and taking time to focus on enjoying everything there is around me. I’m not turning the phone all the way off because I do want to use it for photos, but anything that requires a data or wi-fi connection will be off limits.
This is a huge deal for me. I can’t even remember the last time I went three full days without email or Facebook. For that matter I can’t remember the last time I went one full day without email or Facebook, but it was definitely before I met Joe and before I started this blog.
In a world where everyone is always connected, it can sometimes feel like we never really connect. This weekend is about disengaging from the world at large so I can reengage with those around me.
This is something I need to help me re-center and re-focus. I think we could all use some time in the dark.
I am challenging each of you to go dark for at least part of this holiday weekend. Turn off your phone (or put it in airplane mode) when you go to the family BBQ or head to the beach. Let the world around you be your entertainment. Make your own memories rather than looking at everyone else’s.
I’ll see you all on Monday! Have a safe and happy 4th of July!