For the past three days, none of you existed and it was bliss. I didn’t know you. Had never met you. Didn’t understand your very being. Gone, just gone. Silenced by the sound of the river, the wind, and the crack and thump of Mr. Lightning and Mrs. Thunder.
My family did not exist either. Friends? Nope. The only person that existed was the one right next to me. You know her even if you don’t know her. She was there. Right next to me regardless of what I did or said. And I returned the favor.
Three days of nothingness from the outside world. Phone off and inserted in tiny slot in the dashboard. Forgotten. In fact, an hour after returning to the noisy world I began the frantic pat-down of my body attempting to remember where my little rectangle of metal and glass actually was.
I now have a statement to make and you may or may not like it. My feeling is this. All of with, with a few key exceptions, should unplug at least two days a week. Your first response might be “Well, that’s fine and dandy for you but not for me I’ve got THINGS to do.” Maybe. Maybe. Or maybe you just don’t want to unplug? Your choice, not judging, only saying our world would be exponentially better if we’re to take the unplug plunge.
Because what else fell away was the noise of the unnecessary. The noise of the chatter of the hum of the murmur. All the things we know we don’t actually need to know. The things we tell ourselves we need to know but know we don’t. The things we tell ourselves we have to know to stay “informed,” but also know destroy us, bit by bit, on a growing daily schedule. The news check. The social check. The check check. The check check of the check to check the check. You know who you are. Most of us.
All I know is I’m going back as soon as possible. Right after this post I will visit the site again and see what is out there and if nothing is there I still go. And for me, this comes with real danger because if I were to ever pass the tipping point I would go and I would never come back. I wouldn’t even look over my shoulder.