Ever find life to be a little…..well…..manic? I know I do. The minute I step out the door I often feel like the world is going so much faster than it needs to. I guess I’m getting old. Let me rephrase that…..I AM getting old.
Between the connectivity within society via cellphones and other electronic marvels and the “acquire stuff” lifestyle that the media and advertisers mercilessly promote, is it any wonder that we often feel like we’re trying to dart across an eight-lane freeway that’s full of freight trucks only to find that when we get to the other side we’ve got to jump the train tracks before the next commuter train roars through?
It affects kids and teenagers too. They are seldom solitary. Between school, friends, sports, and a plethora of other extra-curricular activities, they don’t get much alone-time. Add to that the fact that their cellphones are seldom turned off and are constantly beeping the next incoming text, where can they escape to? I’m still looking for the up-side to all of this connectivity. I do know the down-side is the inability to escape negative peer pressure or bullying. In the olden days (way back in the 60’s and 70’s), you could just go home. If you didn’t want to be around someone or deal with them, you didn’t answer their phone calls and just hung out with people you liked being with. Now kids are subjected to all that negative stuff via Facebook and cellphones. To me, that’s a real down-side.
I love my solitary time. For some, me-time means going out with their friends, golfing, or traveling. For me, me-time is the best when it’s just being able to be at home. Whether it’s to knit, write, garden, paint, or build jewelry, it’s time that’s Mine. While not strictly solitary as my hubby is usually around and about, he’s my best friend so it makes for a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Even when we travel, we’re happy to just put up a tent and stare at the lake for a week. It’s nice to just get away from all the zoom-zoom.
I encourage everyone reading this to try some quiet down-time. Turn off the phones, shut off the computer, maybe even make the kids do the same. Take some down time. Some time for yourself and your family. Talk to each other….listen to each other….have some fun reconnecting with each other without all the electronic bubble and fizz that has become such a huge part of your life. Try it. I dare ya. Let me know how it goes. I’m betting you’ll find some serenity…something we can all use a little more of.
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