Don’t believe everything you read! Don’t be tethered to your digital device they say. Disconnect they say. Live in the moment they say. You’ll be happier they say. Yeah, right, Mr. Internet Articles!
I went for a long walk. You know those epic walks where you walk for so long that by the time you get back it feels like you’ve sorted most of your aimless thoughts out. And in my case I bounced around story ideas until I was satisfied. It was awesome! I took my phone, not to be interrupted by emails or phone calls but to take photos. The path I take is really nice and I got some pictures. I was happy. I had documentation and a clear head.
The next day I went for a walk again but this time I decided not to take my phone kicking it circa 1989. I decided to listen to Mr. Internet. You know what happened? Those cool birds I took a picture of yesterday sitting on the twigs at the creek today—they had their wings spread so wide for so long. Both of them, just sitting there like bird kings owning the creek. It was majestic and magical. They were sculptural and beautiful and I didn’t have my camera! I also noticed a park bench that I have walked or run by so many times that I saw for the first time. I sat at it. Great view. No camera! Regret seeped in for not taking my digital device to document, but on the other side of that I was pleased to have noticed the bench for the first time. It’s a bit of a complicated experience finding the balance in taking your phone/computer with you everywhere you go and exercising control with it.
I like documenting the world around me. I have for a while now. I also know how to check myself—to make sure the digital device is not owning me is a good idea. Oh and one more thing: I know myself—finally. These digital tools, smart phones, computers, are just tools. And like all tools they can be used for good and bad by the person operating them. My bottom line is that I should listen to my gut. For the most part I knows best.
On the third day I went for a run and took my phone. During the walk break I took a photo and Canadian Tire got a product placement on my blog! No regrets. Self control. Did what I wanted in balance and joy.
*Parts taken originally October 1, 2016