Sometimes the overwhelming nature of reality becomes too much and as individuals we are lost in the mire of Twitter, using an online supermarket, mobile phones, iPads, Facebook statuses, traffic jams, signing up for your exclusive club card -and of course… internet banking.Sometimes you just need to let that go. All of it.
I recently took a week off work and went to stay in Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland. My girlfriend and I turned off our phones and slowed right down. We were four miles across country on foot from the nearest shops.
We walked up old forestry roads rather than driving.
Instead of cranking the central heating we put another log on the fire. Why would we watch TV when there’s so much interesting stuff to do outside? Even when it’s raining, Argyll is beautiful.
We made a lot of slow roasts. The best being a seven-and-a-half hour cooked leg of lamb. You really can’t get much more relaxed than that! Even our photography slowed down when awakeningeel took only one photograph on the third day but the exposure lasted for an hour.
Due to being cut off from the rest of the world we did almost nothing except relax. This doesn’t make for particularly interesting reading, but what IS interesting, is how easy it is to leave your phone and laptop at home and spend a few days away from being connected. Try it. It’s refreshing in the same, satisfyling way waiting for your pictures to come back from the lab compares to instantly seeing your photograph on an LCD.