HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!
I posted this photo on Instagram and the caption was so long that I decided it’s better off as a blog post.
For New Year’s I took a roadtrip to Calaguas, a remote island in the Philippines, where I went on a complete digital detox. No wifi / internet / phone signal. No television / minibar / air-conditioning — and no electricity between 6am to 6pm. Completely ‘Castaway’… (Okay, I lied. There was a kitchen and I had a cozy hut with a bed. But I didn’t have Wilson — movie reference, fyi ).
During my time on the island, (and believe me, without technology / internet, suddenly I had a lot of time in my hands), I’ve come to realize that we spend our time either CONSUMING or CREATING.
When I’m on my phone or computer I’m not only consuming energy and electricity, I’m consumed by the web scrolling through news feeds, listening to music or watching YouTube. Our world doesn’t need more consuming. It needs more creating. More PASSION, SOLUTION and CONTRIBUTION.
And it certainly got me thinking – How will I create a better life or way of living for myself and help change the habits of our society and future generations? What change do I hope to see in the future?
The answer involves more CONNECTIVITY – to a certain extent. I believe it’s becoming more important now than ever that we practice the discipline to power-down and disconnect when we can. How important is it to know what’s going on in other people’s lives via Facebook news feed than what’s happening right in front of you? Too often I see people scrolling on their phones while eating, or taking a Snapchat of everything while on vacation.
I wish we could be more present in the presence of others…
Our world may be changing but the true nature of life is not. If we are too busy staring down at our screens we’re going to miss all of it. Take the time to disconnect. I believe it’s a good way to reconnect with yourself and connect better with others.