I use the internet all day, everyday. Emails at work, social media at home, listening to Spotify in the car and at the gym, texting every two minutes. We are more connected now than ever. Yet, I can’t help but feel more disconnected than ever. We scroll through our Facebook and Instagram feeds, like someones photo, or comment on someones post and feel like we’ve interacted with them, when we actually haven’t said a word to them.
So for 24 hours, I reconnected with nature (bush wee’s and all). We went camping in the middle of nowhere, with people I barely know, and it’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time!
The serenity of nature, almost quiet, but not quite. Birds chirping in the distance and leaves rustling overhead. The comforting, warm crackle of the campfire, each breath filling my lungs with the smokey smell of relaxation. I felt calm, I felt at home, with strangers. But it felt as if we had been friends for some time, being disconnected tends to do that. You have to interact with others. You would be surprised how interesting the people around you are, if you take the time to learn.
From getting bogged in the mud to having food stolen by the dogs, I found myself having more fun in real life, than online. We felt victorious along some 4wd tracks all while getting very dirty. I felt accomplishment in the prospect of making some new friends. It’s amazing how quickly you can connect with people when you don’t have your nose constantly buried in your phone.
I ate with my hands after having just played with two adorable dogs, not a worry about germs or dirt.
Sadly, all too soon, it was time to go home. I think we need a better car…