Finding joy in the outdoors since 1988
Enough is Enough
If your a regular to my website you probably don't need the lecture on how awesome life can be. If your here from searching the internet let this be your last stop for a minute. Through all the jumble above I hope you pulled away the value. We need to be proactive in our lives. I've stopped using the excuse of not having enough time, we really do have time. We just need to give the important things in our lives more of it.
It's time to take up the tally, how much time do you waste trying to save time?
That seems like a confusing question so let me explain myself...
Technology can be great. Computing machines can solve math problems, calculate position, respond to a voice, write programs, we can send text messages across the world in an instant, find anything out we want to pretty much right away; there are obvious pros to the technology we are constantly adding unto each year. But have we reached the point where saving time and convenience we once leaned on has run it's course? In my own life I have sat down in front of this very same computer screen to look for information and before I knew it hours have passed and I'm watching a funny cat video on youtube. Is the info I obtain worth the time I waste being overloaded with information and choices?
I'm not an anti-tech guy at all, I'm just a pro-people guy. As a teacher I can tell you one of the biggest crutches built in to our minds is the lack of resiliency. Don't expect everything to work. Creatively figure out a way to fix the problem and try it out. With the blast of information we have available to us it can be surprisingly hard to track down the information you need. The internet itself is well, flooded. Marketing has implanted itself not only on the sidebars of the webpage but into the very language of how the information is displayed. How many times have you searched for your answer and had to wait on the ad to play only to find a half answer riddled with links and pop-ups to new products? Clicking on just one of those ads takes you into a different direction and before you know it your searching your note taking app trying to figure out what you needed to know. Problem is your app is also loaded with countless to-do lists and reminders brought on by your Pinterest ideas and Reddit notes. Full circle.
Don't be dependent on gadgets to get things done. I know plenty of men who buy all the techy gear to go camping. We're talking programmable coffee makers, electric blankets, Satellite phones, mobile hotspots, and many of the other comforts of home. What the heck? The value here is you showing your kids nature and investing time into being social with the family. Remember those camping trips when you were young and your dad had you convinced that those pizza sandwiches he made over the fire were world renown? I'd hate those memories to be bogged down with dad setting up a electronic base camp just so we could watch t.v. or Netflix from the camp site.
Get away from your phone/tablet/computer for awhile. Just don't check it. The average person is said to check their device around 110 times a day! Some people up to 900 times. Even if you look at your phone for 10 seconds a pop, that's according to average nearly 19 minutes of phone checking. Wasted time. Some people literally have developed what the internet calls Nomophoebia, which you can probably guess is the fear of not being mobile. This is getting crazy. Get away from your phone and DON'T THINK ABOUT IT. Notice how empowering it is to just rely on yourself. It's a great thing to know that you can entertain yourself without the aid of the manmade. You can learn things and apply them yourself. You don't need an expensive piece of plastic to get through the day.
What happens when you finally pull the plug?
I got an iPhone nearly 3 years ago, I was 23. It was so cool searching for new apps I could use, FaceTime, emails on the go, games, social media, etc. But I realized that I wasn't actually doing like I use to. I also had DVR to blame for that. I had enough of it. I felt honestly enslaved, I had to answer to the commitments of watching what I recorded. My time was wasted and I had nothing to show for it. The first thing you get when you budget your technology time is accomplishment. You do things. Instead of getting bored and seeing whats new on youtube you look around the house and put a shelf in your closet. (That's the only example that came to mind... sorry)
I got to spend so much more quality time with my kids. Your kids are born not caring about technology. My kid can be watching his cartoon show but when "monster dad" crawls into the room play time is on! I felt like a kid again.
You get outside. You get fit. You have adventures, you don't read about them or watch them on T.V. (It's kind of the heart of the website to push folks in that direction) You should see my backyard since I budgeted up my tech time. The once barren wasteland of toys is now green and manicured, it's looking good.
If your a regular to my blogging then you probably don't need the ramble I just went on. If your one who never seems to have time, unplug yourself. We must be proactive in our lives and enjoy what's out there for us. There is so much. We can't use the excuse of not having time when we finish every season of our favorite shows, we have time, we just need to make it for the important things and people we have.
Robbie is the creator of WF and loves to spend time in the outdoors chasing steelhead, upland birds, and the beauty of nature.