As much as I love having Wifi and 4G all on a little device, with the ability to google and share absolutely anything right at our finger tips, share our stories and keep track of others lives and follow their adventures too. As much as I enjoy the ability to quickly communicate with people all over the world, I honestly think sometimes it can rule our lives and surfing is done often out of habit and boredom as oppose to having a real purpose to it. I see and am guilty of all those ordinary moments when our 1st thing to do in a new place is to find out the Wifi password of where we are – “Just in case”! As much as I try my hardest to keep off my phone and be present, when I am sat relaxing, when the kids are off playing, or when I do my best to procrastinate making dinner or folding laundry, it is all too much of a habit and easy to pick up my phone and check out Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
This weekend however, we all stepped away from technology (other than to snap some of the action) and had a family adventure in North Yorkshire deep in the woods in a hut that resembled something from a horror movie, and I found it amazing and refreshing to see what is accomplished together when we break habits with no available Wifi or signal. Whilst tiring being busy outdoors late into the night, it is refreshing to see how life is lived, communication is increased and time is spent in the moment!
When you have no Wifi you have to invent games instead of playing downloaded ones; like “hunt the CDs” , natural art or water sliding!
When you have no Wifi you loose yourself in the scenery instead of focusing on sharing it.
When you have no Wifi you can listen more intently, tell stories round the fire and have quick reactions for plenty of banter and laughs.
When you have no Wifi you laugh at each other instead of YouTube videos.
When you have no Wifi you strengthen real life relationships instead of online ones.
When you have no Wifi you relax your mind, body and soul with out outside influences.
When you have no Wifi life is beautiful, you are not preoccupied, and as a parent you notice and appreciate more of the small things of what the kids do and say. You see them blossoming, you feel gratitude and your heart is happy! Breaking away from the ordinary habits of life creates moments you will remember for a lot longer than what you last read or saw online, it is definitely something I want to do more of!