Time to Unplug

Why do I get so upset when my internet connection isn’t working?

I mean, I can get really mad. Like, “throw that stupid modem out the window” angry.

Remember that scene from the movie, Office Space? The one where they take the fax machine out into a field, and beat it with a baseball bat?

If you’ve ever felt that way, then you know exactly what I mean.

But, is it really so bad to be disconnected?

It’s almost as if that internet connection is my line to the world. If I’m not connected, then I’m cut off from everyone I know and love.

Wait. That’s not true at all!

If I take a few minutes to put down the internet-connected devices, I can look up and see the faces of family and friends. These are the people I need to be connecting with. They are the most important things in my life!

I’m writing this as we prepare for a family vacation. My wife and I have been going over and over our travel itinerary, and discussing the logistics of getting two adults and three kids on the road. It’s a little daunting sometimes.

In the stress of it all, we both came to the realization that we need some time unplugged. For our own sanity, and for the benefit of our relationships.

That Facebook feed is so addictive, and I can hardly put my phone down when I’m reading a great story on Medium. This problem is even worse, because there is so much great content to read on here. Medium is the source of my FOMO!

So, I’m taking some time off.

The whole family is taking some time off. We’re going to disconnect from the world and reconnect with each other. And, we’re going to do so, in part, by driving in a van for twelve hours.

We may connect in ways I’m not going to enjoy…

Happy Running!
***This post was first published on Medium.***

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