I’m sure many of you are thinking how to actually shut off the technology in your life when it’s such a constant presence in everything that we do. I do it two ways; by making a daily effort to spend a small amount of time shutting off and taking a few backpacking trips to the mountains every year.
Let’s start with the easier of the two, the daily shutting off. Last year I ran a few marathons and with that comes A LOT of training, much of it I did on my own. Many of my runs would consist of me, shoes, shorts, shirt, watch, water and hat. No running app on my phone, no music, no streaming radio, no Garmin, nothing but me and my feet. If you’ve never worked out without your music I recommend trying it, it’s an amazing experience that really allows you to listen to your body.
For me one of the easiest things to do is leave my phone at home. Oftentimes when my wife and I go to dinner we leave our phones at home, makes it pretty easy to spend a dinner with no distractions. (Although we do spend some time watching all the other couples and families who are buried in their phones while supposedly enjoying each others company.) Next time you’re running an errand to Target, or the grocery store, or to do whatever just leave your phone at home. I do it all the time and I love it.
I’m an avid outdoorsman, hunting, backpacking, hiking, if it’s in the mountains I love doing it. I spend up to 20-25 nights every year sleeping in a tent somewhere deep in a wilderness area in Colorado. If you’ve never slept under the stars, or fished for dinner or tracked an elk with you bow and arrow you’re really missing out on a completely human experience. Smartphones, computers and TV’s just have no use in the wilderness, and heck most of the times you don’t get service anyway. Sound kind of extreme? Maybe but it’s more attainable than you might think. If this is something you’re interested in please let us know, we’d love to help you.