I disconnected from the world yesterday, well, for the majority of the day anyway. Yesterday, I celebrated my mom.
Sounds honorable of me, but really this was an extension of my Christmas present to her. Originally meant to be a beach weekend trip, the present morphed into a spa and shopping day, and it was simply awesome. My mom isn’t technologically inclined, so I left my tech arsenal behind….on any given day my purse carries my iPhone5, iPad, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but when I have a free hour and can perch myself somewhere (ie. a bar, Starbucks, etc) I want and need access to as many screens as possible to maximize my multi-tasking. But yesterday I walked around with no purse. Kept my keys in my pocket along with my credit card. It felt so simple, so free, so perfect for a day for just me and my mom.
There’s something to be said for simplicity. Mom and I just chatted the day away, shopped to our heart’s content and tried on way more pair of sunglasses than I can count. Disconnecting from the thousands of people, alerts and emails that beckon to me from my phone in order to connect with one of the most important people to me in the world was like a gift that she gave to me. It is what living is all about.
I challenge you to turn your Facebook alerts off, to leave your phone in the car, and to just spend time doing nothing with someone you love. Close the laptop and just live.