I have been challenged over the past six months with computer issues spilling over into internet connections and websites including wordpress. I haven’t been able to access my account for the past month; it’s been really weird. And of course there is the proverbial laundry list of a myriad of crazy and stupid and goofy techno problems too long to mention. It’s been ridiculous. Needless to say, the desktop finally made the trek to the computer hospital to see our local techie doctor. I think I’m back, though I have to admit there are still several issues….
In the midst of this, I took a vacation with my family to Whistler BC to ski for a week to celebrate my son turning 21. It was pure heaven. Even when it felt more like the middle of February verses the beginnings of spring, it was fantastic. You have to understand; skiing is my athletic passion. I’ve been skiing since I was a kid; the past decade I haven’t had the time on my boards like I would like. I have had the boots from hell so skiing hasn’t been a priority. This trip I purchased some new ones, tried some hot demo skis and felt like a kid again. It was awesome.
The bonus of course was skiing with my kids, now 21 and 23. We killed the mountain together, tearing up the runs with fast, quick turns and long racing-edge-cut tracks. Best part was my legs and knees held up, benefit of LA Fitness.
There was another clear perk or should I really say definitive decision; I chose to stay away from my computer. Even though I had taken it with me with the intention to write, keep on top of emails and work, I chose instead to leave my laptop in its bag. Total decompression. I didn’t miss it at all, one iota, nada, zero. I also had my phone turned off being in Canadian airspace; I wanted to avoid all those high fees, taxes and roaming charges. Instead, I chose to ski hard and fast, read, watch movies with my kids, take in the sights of Whistler, enjoy the beauty of the mountains and tune into the sunsets that arrived each evening. We are so taken in by being plugged in, we have forgotten how it feels to be disconnected. Fortunately at my cabin I also am disconnected as we have no electricity or phone service, however my talented husband put in solar panels and Hughes Net, bringing internet service (great for working away from home) and satellite for his football. We’re not totally out of the loop in the mountains anymore. In fact, the ironic twist was, being in civilization – Whistler – I took it to a further extreme by having everything turned off electrically. I was totally tuned in emotionally, mentally and physically – spiritually as well. It was wonderful.
My invitation is to give yourself the gift of decompression, disconnect from our electrical world and reconnect with nature, family, friends, books. Discover old passions buried under the charge of electrical and wireless currents and see what curls your toes in excitement. Try something new in the process, like I did with demo skis. It was sheer bliss.
Let me know how you feel when you choose to see our world through a new lens, if only for a day, weekend or vacation. Enjoy the freedom.
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