Recently, I came back from a week long vacation in Corvallis, Oregon. Although I had brought along my cell phone and laptop, I hardly used either while I was there. Surprisingly enough, I did not miss them at all. Instead, I was out in the beautiful nature of Oregon. Bike rides, a trip to the ocean, trail hiking, disc golfing, and spending time with new friends consumed my days, and I treasured it. Of course, that is usually the benefit of a vacation: to check out from media, technology and life’s demands, and become surrounded by a calm, carefree atmosphere. But why does it have to end once the vacation is over?
Once I was back home, I noticed that the TV and cell phone dominated my free time. I almost consider it a habit. Open my laptop… go straight to my email. Turn on my cell phone… go straight to Facebook. Unknowingly, getting back into my “at home” routine included unnecessary time wasted looking at a screen.
After seeing the happiness that came from my trip to Oregon, in contrast to the uselessness that comes from staring at a screen, I recognized my need to set limits.
I feel that many people spend large amounts of time watching the television or on their phone, and not enjoying life. For me, I hope to stop being wasteful, and prioritize my time. Spending time with those that I love, being active, stretching my mind, using my creativity, and getting outdoors are activities that I want to dedicate my time to. Not checking my newsfeed on Facebook, but engaged in a conversation with a friend, in person. Not just watching football on TV, but getting outside and being active by tossing a football around.
Time is valuable, and I know how I want to spend mine.