I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of hearing about how much time we spend looking at our screens. I know it’s a lot. I know it’s more than I’d like, and I also know I couldn’t follow my passions or earn my living without using a screen. However, I also admire those who control their screen-time, those who don’t check their Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr as an almost hourly ritual. There is a truth in the need for us to close our laptops, switch off the phone and turn our eyes to the world around us.
You see, despite the best technology, there are some things I just can’t do through a screen. I can’t smell the musk of the earth after a heavy rainfall, or catch the whispering of the leaves on a balmy summer’s day. I can’t listen to my favourite song as a new landscape unfolds before my eyes, the smell of evening woodsmoke on the warm breeze. The more time I spend on my screen, the rarer these moments become. And I think we would all agree that it’s exactly these moments that make life worthwhile. They can’t be captured through pixels.
Taking time away from our screens doesn’t mean we have to delete Facebook and disappear into the mountains for a week (although that does sound fun). It can be as simple as turning off our phones while we catch up with a friend, or watching the sunrise before we check our emails, freshly brewed coffee in hand. It’s choosing to live these small moments that so easily pass us by, but that make our life completely unique. Once you've finished reading this, close your screen, put down your phone, and just explore where you are for one minute. Who knows what you'll find there.
It’s these small but necessary experiences that refresh our minds and help us clear out the mental fog that too often overwhelms us. I challenge you to try and create more of these moments every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.