I just returned from a trip up to nowhere Wisconsin, a place without air-conditioning, radios, T.V.s and locks on the doors. (Actually I lied, there is now a T.V. in the lodge, but honestly, who would use it?) Days are spent on boats, fishing, riding bikes, running, soaking up the sun on the beautiful beach and being chased by vicious mosquito and monstrous flies. It is one of my favorite places on Earth, at least that I’ve been to so far.
It’s a nice way to take a step back, back to what I experience growing up, no cell phones, no WiFi everywhere, no texting, no Facebook, nothing. absolutely nothing except outside and family. I did take advantage of their newly acquired WiFi for one afternoon during a small rain storm. I walked with my computer up to the lodge and took some time to get work done for a Sexual Assault Seminar I’m planning and to do some work for WAR Chest Boutique. That’s how I justified entering the modern world for a few hours, because I was doing something positive!
I think we have to take a step back sometimes, detach ourselves from the phones and computers that are now permanently welded to our hands, even during sleep. We spend so much time attempting to document all of our experiences via social media we often forget to actually embrace and enjoy the event itself. Enjoy the hours on the boat, freeze that embrace by a loved one, lay in the sunshine and resist the urge to take pictures of your legs….don’t let the world fly by.
While this message is so often told to us, you’ll have to read it again! Take a day, and drive to no reception. Just take an adventure, an adventure to a new place, an adventure with a loved one and an adventure of life without technology. We all got along fine without it before so try it again. Get in touch with yourself and the world around you, experience it without the influence of anything at all. If you can’t enjoy the world around with without being affected by something. Whether it’ss technology or anything else, that is so heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking because the world is amazing, why not enjoy it as it is and enjoy people as they are?
I’ll step down from my soap box now. The vacation itself was amazing, I loved every minute of it! It was so incredibly relaxing and the food there, oh my goodness the food…..it’s so amazing! I could live off their pancakes. . . and really anything else they served! On the way home we stopped at House on the Rock, which is just incredible. The tour itself took 4 hours. . .and we walked quickly!! There is just so much to see. I’ve been there 2 or 3 times before, but it is just as bizarrely enthralling each time you go!
We finally arrived home last Sunday. I did some clean up, helped start the laundry and then went out again. I couldn’t wait to see him. When I got to his place, he greeted me with this beautiful red rose and an amazing kiss (but let’s be honest, what kiss isn’t amazing from him?).
Happiness seems more and more present in my life. First of all, I have found a new respect for myself and that’s where everything starts, your love for yourself is the most powerful love you will ever experience. Also, at this point in my life, I’m going for what I want. I love my volunteering so much and my family and friends are so incredibly supportive its ridiculous! lol They would do absolutely anything to help me. Not only that, I’m happy I have a partner in my life who I can start sharing these things with, to an extent. Maybe eventually, I can bring him in on more things I do. I cannot wait for future adventures as well!! I feel completely alive and this summer is going to be the summer of my dreams.