No music, no Netflix to binge watch, no phone to look at messages, no technology – is that kind of a challenge worth trying? Can I put them all away for an entire day? I wanted this challlenge to be a real test for me. I have no problem being away from technology for a short period of time, but I wanted to find out if I can sustain it for a longer time, an entire day.
That was the challenge I decided to self-impose when I en-route to Aruba: a proper solitude challenge, not one I was forced to take while on the flight. In all earnestness, I discounted the flight time and prepared myself to take the challenge on the 2nd day of our vacation. I also made my husband take it with me! We turned off all data/voice connectivity on our devices and used them merely as a camera.
The entire day, we spent on the beach, both had books to read and whenever we needed a distraction, we hit the water, pretending to swim. I was surprised how time passed without me having the urge to check my phone every 5 minutes. We talked amongst ourselves a bit, but mainly people watched. It was so relaxing! I did not have to peck madly away at my laptop or stare at my phone. By the time evening rolled in, my husband was getting testy because of technology withdrawal and he switched his phone. As for me, I was happy to still keep my phone away even though I was itching to send the pictures we clicked to friends and family.
At the end of the day, I cannot really claim that there were profound thoughts that were running through my head as I went through this challenge. Maybe the beach was a perfect distraction! I came out though realizing how refreshing it was to just unplug from all the dramas in life, be able to enjoy a charming, quiet sun set over the beautiful Caribbean sea.