Old-Fashioned is Better
(At least in some things.)
Over the past few years, I’ve been leaning more towards the slower ways of doing things–writing letters, using a physical planner instead of my phone, taking photos with my camera instead of my cell phone. It’s nice to have the attention span to actually do what I’m trying to do without having to constantly remind myself to go back to the task at hand. I’ve set up limits on my phone and computer for how much time I can spend on an app during the day, and it’s been freeing. If I find myself mindlessly navigating to Instagram or Twitter, but I’ve reached my limit, I can do something else. It’s wonderful to know that I cna actually just take a step back.
I’ve also been thinking about “old-fashioned” things more because we’ve been spending more time out and about this summer than we have since the beginning of the pandemic. It’s been great to get together with friends and go to the club and play tennis or go swimming without the constant pressure of the cell phone just out of reach–because it’s not allowed. It’s an enforced way of slipping back into a slower and more gracious time, and it’s so nice to just be required to disconnect.
I spoke with a friend the other day who had taken a few weeks’ vacation and completely disconnected during that time–no cell phone, no email, nothing. After my first internal reaction (“how could you even do that!”), I felt jealous. I’d love to step away from things and force myself to slow down. Setting my own limits is great, and I’m glad to do that. But I’m curious to know how it would be to be without a phone for a few weeks. We all spend so much time connected to everything that I’m curious to know how it would feel to take my “only disconnect” mantra just that extra step further.
In the meantime, in the evenings, I’m going to start picking up my needlepoint again instead of scrolling through Instagram (or picking up a real book instead of an ebook.) What are you reading? What are you stitching? What are you doing if you’re not on your phone? Please let me know!