So, I’ve been away for longer than I expected, but my husband and I took a walk through history without technology! We outlawed iPads, and laptops. Phones were only used in case the kids had to reach us. This was a vacation in itself. Not saying I don’t enjoy writing to you all, but it felt quiet. I had to laugh to myself when I wrote this, because the first thing that came to my head was, Hermoine Granger telling Harry Potter, “Even in the wizarding world, hearing voices isn’t a good sign.”
It does seem that technology always keeps us connected or at least it is suppose to. My daughters are always annoyed when I leave my cell phone at home. I tell them I liked it better when phones were attached to the wall, so you weren’t expected to always answer. But while I fuss and grip, it is great that we can now communicate so easily. It just comes at the cost of solitude. I don’t want to sound like a hermit but I do think that we need to guard that treasured silence. As Maya Angelou puts it, “Solitude can be a must-be-desired condition. In silence, we listen to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.”
I enjoyed being with my husband and myself as we went from the Chesapeake Bay area to the Outer Banks. We saw Yorktown, Jamestown, and any town in between. We walked where pirates strolled, and where men first flew. Returning to the present I can say it was great walking through the past together, without any Facebook likes. But I hope to get some ‘likes’, when I share the trip photos!
I’d suggest a vacation from technology with an understanding that technology is a huge part of our lives. Enjoy some solitude but be thankful for the many ways we can connect to those we love. Just don’t let the many voices of technology take control. I have to remind myself of this a lot. Technology can be all consuming and addictive.
- Onward to the Outer Banks (vacationdestinationblog.wordpress.com)
- Who Doesn’t Love Harry Potter? (communicatingbehindthescenes.wordpress.com)
- Hermione Granger and Me: A Love Story (hannahandjulie.com)
- Digital Detox, a Tech-Free Retreat for Internet Addicts (businessweek.com)
- Take a vacation from your devices (usatoday.com)