We ditched the phones, lived our best lives, and took a spontaneous road trip. Basically embraced some quality time -one last “hoorah!” before tackling our first-full year of #adulting. (I know, big deal.)
We graduated college earlier this spring, but it feels like a D-E-C-A-D-E since we’ve seen each other. Time is a weird thing, no?
We strolled the loveliest streets, scouted massive museums, sipped local coffee, and spewed far too many “punny” jokes. But most importantly, we embraced boredom.
Just letting life do its thing and rolling with the awkward punches. After all, we’re still adjusting with the “no phone” notion! Awkward moments arose, but letting it be perpetually proves how deeply rooted a relationship is. Well-cemented friendships can survive the crazies moments, let alone the quietest moments that transpired..
If there’s anything worth digesting here, it’s this:
It was time for a reality check and take a zen-worthy trip without glossing over the highlight reels online -above all else. Days flew by like snowflakes, and now i’m here with friends, clinking wine glasses, walking off a new me.
1. Contentment ||
There’s a peace from within, stirring while the phone screams for help. Primarily, comparison is overpowered by comfort. Social media’s aspirational content, internet promo codes, and the guilt of “not checking important emails” suddenly withers. The phone’s demanding disposition is purely nonsensical (and clearly not urgent -*for the most part). A sense of satisfaction grew as I looked around and savored every moment and surrounding. What truly matters is my sanity, face to face interactions, and a sense of being. Standing amongst a crowd of people, or alone in a room, knowing that I have everything I need for success: friends, family, and a sound heart/mind. The only things that validate my worth.
Such a powerful trait/sight when people mentally interact with their surrounding, in the midst of an interval. Here’s the thing: phones have become a type of drug people clutch for various reasons. Downcast demeanor is the new norm in today’s society. Scrolling takes zero effort, but constant consciousness takes total courage. Casual observation now deemed as a craft, rather than a natural trait. After the detox, a certain pattern started to roll. When in public, my eyes wander (in a non-creepy fashion) while the chest takes meditative breaths -reassuring my gutsy stance. Beyond the waves of people drowned by their tech screens, I see architectural features, refreshing flowers, and other valuable insights that lets the mind ponder. While the brain reflects, time slows down in a satisfying way, like small coffee drips from a pour-over glass.
5. Confidence //
I accepted this illegitimate view that life will always be swift yet stressful, given the digital dependency of society and the instant gratification wave of modern living. I maximized every type of convenience (primarily the phone) to the point of exhaustion. Within the span of three weeks, the mind was muddled with a new message. Realizing that the best things in life take passion and drudgery. More importantly, understanding that joy and pain can coincide is reassuring. Hard work doesn’t necessarily equate to stress. Today I choose to take the path less traveled, handle situations one by one, and live more intentionally. Doing things manually not only makes us more human, but smarter as well. I’m able to gradually do things evenly, in the name of calmness.