I’ve long had this idea of having an “analog day”, where I turn off my phone, maybe the wifi, and stay completely cut off from social media and current events/politics. I guess I thought it would be hard?
This past Friday night before I went to bed I turned off my phone, giving myself permission to sleep in and wake up naturally. I woke up sometime between 6 and 7am and treated myself to a Starbucks. The Starbucks is kind of a drive away (about the length of three songs in each direction) and because my phone was off (but with me in the car, just in case) I had to listen to the radio instead of whatever was streaming from itunes. What a struggle. *womp*
And then I read. It was glorious. I finished A Court of Wings and Ruin (I cried so much for so many good and sad reasons). Shortly after finishing I was getting a book hangover (that feeling where you’re not quite back in your own world yet – you’re watching the credits roll to linger with the story world as long as possible) and tried to start reading another book (I won’t name it, because it isn’t the book’s fault that I wasn’t into it). That wasn’t going to happen. I ended up instead starting the next book in that series, A Court of Frost and Starlight.
It was so relaxing, and not looking at a clock to see what time it was, or just noticing the time on my phone or computer, made the day feel like it went by so much slower. There were long stretches of time where my husband and I just sat in the living room together with the animals, listening to music or talking or just…. being bored on purpose. That’s a lot easier for me than it is for him, so he actually spent a good chunk of his time playing Grant Theft Auto V (the argument: video game consoles predate the internet, therefore they are fair game in a 90’s-esque analog day).
Oh, and I took a nap, which is always a bonus for me because I have a psychological hangup about taking naps. Even though I dearly love naps. Hooray naps!
I’m hoping to incorporate more analog days into my weekends, if for no other reason than I believe it’s healthy to unplug and return to the hobbies we enjoyed pre-social media, pre-internet, pre-computers in our living rooms.