If you know us at all, you’ll know that it’s never been our goal to get all preachy; specifically, we wouldn’t for a millisecond let ourselves believe that our shit happens to be more together than any of yours. Truth be told, we’re holding it together with some dental floss and a prayer. Life can get hard.
But for as hard as life can get, we maintain that it’s full of beautiful, nuanced and giggle-worthy moments; moments that are easily missed when our noses are glued to the latest version of your iPhone.
We tried thinking about
what our life was like before our iPhones. Arguments ran longer, people got lost more often and music was stored in a zip-up binder under the passenger seat of your car. For as much of a gift these devices can seem, they’ve similarly taken away our presence.
We’re the first to admit that we can place an emphasis on the communication that takes place on our phone vs the communication that’s taking place in person. Much like Pavlov’s dog salivated at the sound of a bell, we run at the chime of a notification to see who’s liked our picture, sent us an iMessage or tagged us on Facebook.
There’s nothing wrong with staying in the know, but there’s a time and a place to maybe take it down a notch. Examples of this include:
Being on Vacation.
It’s less important for the world to know how much fun you’re having and more important for you to actually have fun. Experience experiences, don’t take a video of them, don’t take a picture of them, don’t snap them – we guarantee you will not look at a video of a waterfall one year later, nor will it come close to replicating the experience in any way. Soak it in. Give pause. Use your brain to capture, store and recall these moments.
Being with friends.
Yes, you’re going to communicate with people, you’ll take a picture for Instagram and you’ll snap some of your adventures. Just make sure your bottom line is communicating with the people you’re with.
Being with family.
We grow up, we live apart and every once in a while we have the opportunity to be in the same room again. Days will come when that room will have one less person. Have conversations. Tell stories. Laugh together.
Being with yourself.
When’s the last time you heard yourself? We’re continually bombarded, curious and anxious to know things – we don’t even know what we want to know; we just know we need to know. Find a space in your week (we like Sunday mornings) to unplug. Find a book. Go for a walk. Hear what you have to say. Think thoughts. Say sentences. Call your mom. Call your dad.
An apple a day will keep the doctor away, but apple 18 hours a day leaves you disconnected.