I will keep this short as I’m missing my left Shift button on the laptop and it makes things a little irritating. I also think it is the Universes way of encouraging me to truly take time off work and off line this summer.
Summer has begun for the boys and I’m a firm believer in that summer time is for deep rest of the mind body and soul. I don’t have my children do work to “not get behind”. That is a lot of BS started by the schools to keep kids test ready so they can be fantastic test takers when the school year begins and make money for the schools.
The truth is that once a person has a long break from work or school, they get rested and rejuvenated. The brain works better after a rest. We don’t take many rest in todays world. Even at rest we are scrolling and taping away at a screen.
I will be offline all summer. I’ve already begun by returning school materials, deep cleaning the house, ordering a long list of books from the library, and we have been watching the best movies every day, playing with friends, taking long walks, and we have guests coming this weekend.
I’m curious to see what happens after a few months of being present in a slow and pleasant life. It will be like returning to the 80’s when I had no computer. I read fiction, talked on the phone, stared out windows and had thoughts. I’ve already been weening myself from this habit on and off for weeks and when I don’t get on the computer I am in my life and thoughts.
An inner world has begun for me and I’d like to see where it goes.
It is not easy, I felt awkward and fidgety when I first started taking days off from being online. Old emotions came up for me that I was sure were resolved. I didn’t know what to do with the extra time and moved stiffly into a different schedule with out the laptop. But over a few days things shifted and I began reading fiction, watching movies, wanting to take long walks just wandering without a purpose. As I shift from thinking about what I will do next for a vlog or book or the occasional blog, I began to have empty spaces that sit uncomfortably waiting for an assignment. I will fill it up with natural beauty and enjoying others works.
I hope you all have a slow and enjoyable summer filled with watermelon and swimming. 😎☕📚🌞