Day 3: What Do You Do When You Are Offline?
With today’s technology we face the challenge of disconnecting with the world and actually take break from it all. And unless you are aware of the need to occasionally disconnect from time to time, it’s pretty much hard to not be constantly on rather than off.
I admit it’s sometimes challenging stay completely offline. But it very much depends on my mood. However, I’ve found that my personality forces me to stay off on regular basis. I can’t keep up with the world even if I wanted to. Therefore, I can’t keep up Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere. It all quickly exhausts me. I can experience 2-4 days were I manage to follow through it all but after that fourth day my mind needs a break. So I don’t have a problem with not being able to stay offline. Besides, offline mode is mandatory when you have two very active boys in need of their share of attention, care and time.
The weekends are usually when I’m most offline and we spend time together as a family. And what I do when I’m offline varies and depends on mood, emotion and creative mindset.
– Family time. Everything from eating together to goofing around. We must at least have one or two moments together.
– Read. I enjoy the opportunity, excitement and possibility of escaping to a whole different world of fiction. At times to escape the hard facts of life. I take pleasure in learning and discovering new things through reading. And if I’m lucky, I find inspiration which sparks my creative brain.
– Write. Because a writer writes, plain and simple. And I try to write every day. These days I’m writing my debut novel which mean I have a plan and schedule that I must stick to if I’m ever going to finish. Writing for me is a form of expressing myself. It’s a great therapy session and medication as it offer clarity and tranquility.
– I watch movies. Only if I have the time and lack motivation or energy to do anything else. And I mostly do it when I’m alone for that’s when I have the TV all to myself. I’m a sucker for drama/romantic movies. And if it’s based or inspired by an actual event or a true story, I’m already sucked in.
– Workout. For the last seven months, I’ve been consistent about putting in the time to workout at least 3-4 times a week. I realize now that my body is so used to it that I can’t go more than two days without working out. My mood and sanity depends on it.
– Listen to music! My quick and easy fix, my antidote to every mood swings and downswings. Also, on occasionally I will sway, twirl, boogie and shake every limb to some catchy tunes.
Tell me, what do you do when you are offline?