T Free

I love technology. The things you can do with a phone or a computer remain relatively unfathomable to me. I actually probably love technology a little bit too much (when a person can conference call/stare at another person halfway around the world on a device no bigger than a brownie, how can I be blamed?) so Jen has to reel me in sometimes. Of course, she wishes we still lived in the 1920s and churned our own butter…but that’s a different post for a different day.

Anyway, yesterday we went to the lake with a small mixture of old and new friends. We played on the jet skis, went tubing, got sunburned, ate a ton of food, and sat around in hammocks and chatted about our lives. Basically if you could create the ideal day at the lake, this was it. At some point late in the afternoon we headed in from having our bodies flung about the water on a giant raft Chuck Noland would have killed a man for. My friend and I were chatting back and forth and he said “isn’t it like the best thing ever to not have your phone with you and not have anything to do or worry about?” “Yeah,” I exclaimed, “it feels pretty good.” It did too, it was the perfect end to our summer (I know Summer isn’t technically over until the end of September but for me it’s over next Saturday because I measure seasons by sporting events…and college football starts next Saturday…judge me).

I could go on and on about technology and its pitfalls and how it sucks our souls clean of every good thing, but I would just like to encourage you to do this: take a technology-free day, or at least half-day. No phones, no computers, no iPads, Kindles, anything. Just you, some friends, some family, some good food…and just enjoy being alive.

We used to do fast from technology on Sundays (though writing on this blog has temporarily killed that) and we enjoyed it to the point that we looked forward to that day more than any other day of the week. It was refreshing. So stop reading this and go get some sunshine! We encourage you to do something similar. Your iPhone won’t break up with you while you’re gone. Promise.


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I'm an aspiring freelance writer and blogger (which doesn't make a ton of sense when you think about it). I started a blog called Our Marriage Project and one about OSU called Pistols Firing. I love both of them, and I love my wife. And I love Kevin Durant, Explosions in the Sky, Tim Riggins, Blue Moon ale, Twitter, and the state of Georgia.

5 thoughts on “T Free”

  1. I, being of somewhat sound mind and failing body must agree with Jen for the most part. I even long for a one phone home with a rotary dial, a car with the dimmer switch on the floor, a gear shift, and of course a clutch. I honestly
    don't need this confound contraption I am typing on at this moment. I do admit that I certainly appreciate air
    conditioning, central heat, most things electrical, and maybe a few others. But I believe most of these "things" we think we can't do without are maybe the very things that cause us to lose our ability to verbally communicate. Well
    enough of this, I've got to check the rest of my emails!!

  2. You had me until the part about "no Kindle". I mean technically it is a gadget, but basically it's a book. A large part of my Tfree day would be spent reading…….
    I'm gonna have to think about this. πŸ˜‰

  3. I love the idea of having no technology for a day- keen to try it, maybe even on a regular basis πŸ˜‰ I’m going on a holiday in a couple of months for two weeks and have vowed not to look at facebook/email/text messages…. keen to see how I go, I hate how ‘connected’ we are with each other sometimes πŸ˜›

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