#MondayMusings : Airplane Mode

airplane modeI’d decided that I’d be regular in posting my Monday musings. But I missed it last week. But do I have any regrets? No! Definitely not. While a tiny part of my brain kept reminding me about it initially, I chose to let go of that. I usually write my Monday posts on Sunday evenings just before I sleep and that’s a ritual that I religiously want to follow. The reason I missed last week was because I returned from a wonderful trip on Sunday night and I was so tired that all I wanted to do was sleep. While I did miss writing the post, I got ideas for a few posts thanks to that trip! So lets get on the airplane mode!

 

On the trip that I mentioned, while we were leaving Bangalore we were warned that there would be no proper network connectivity. I almost freaked out as I’m someone who relies on network connectivity. I knew my mom would freak out if she wasn’t able to reach me. So I dropped her a message and then put my phone on airplane mode. My phone was on airplane mode for most part of the trip( in order to reduce battery usage) apart from the few times I was online to post something or to talk to my mom because she had freaked out despite the message. But apart from that I felt at peace. There were no notifications popping out every minute. Away from the notifications, I found peace and all my attention was now on doing what I was doing at the moment! There would be  many unread notifications later, but those notifications could wait. Now was all that mattered and ideally now is all that should matter.

 

Often we are so wrapped up in living a life online that we fail to live it offline. I’m guilty of it as well! We are busy staying updated online but living the moment fully is not on top of our list of things to do. Having a great online presence is not bad, what’s bad is being so engrossed in living the online life that we fail to enjoy the moment offline. Social media updates can all be wiped off in a click or two, but if you’ve truly lived that moment you’ll remember it for a long time to come.

 

Maybe we should go on airplane mode for a few minutes everyday so that we spend time with ourself and be aware of ourselves and our surrounding. In the end what matters is the times you actually laughed instead of those laughing emojis you sent. And for someone like me who hasn’t traveled on an airplane, may be the only reason to use the airplane mode would be to give those notifications a miss for a while!

 

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11 responses to “#MondayMusings : Airplane Mode”

  1. True true. Maybe we need to start with airplane mode to abstain from this social media havoc that has taken over our lives. I know I’m one of those addicted to it. Maybe I’ll try this.

  2. Josly says:

    Very well said Reema. I will definitely try to use this airplane mode.

  3. Rachna says:

    Oh, I am totally with you on this. My mobile is always in offline mode unless I wish to go online and that really feels like a blessing. Workwise, I am connected via my email.

  4. Rajlakshmi says:

    I completely agree. I rejoice these moments of no internet while traveling to far away places. I seriously need to go offline more often. Love the the title of your post.

  5. Esha M Dutta says:

    So agree with you Reema! I love going offline for days with no net connectivity as well, so am totally cut off from the rest of the world. Very recently, I was away for five full days without any connection with anyone and loved the experience. All for it, Reema.

  6. I turned off notification on my phone two months ago, and that’s the best decision of my life so far. I do go on the airplane mode at times too, just to be away from everything and everyone. Slowing down is very important to me now as I’ve lead a very busy and adventurous life so far.

    Loved the way you have put down your thoughts here, Reema.

  7. Natasha says:

    Oh I so hear you. We were in Andamans recently with no phne connectivity whatsoever, forget internet. Was it blissful! Yessss and like how. We need to mindfully inculcate that habit even when we are back to our nest, doing our every day things. Importnat to keep our sanity intact and to cherish the present as it is.

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  8. great experience… I like your blog..

  9. I love airplane mode, it really is the best to just step back entirely. I’ve been blogging for a while, and I work online, and sometimes it’s my favourite thing to do. Just drop off the planet and free fall. Thanks for the timely reminder!

  10. Arun Kumar R says:

    Nice, live the moment

  11. writershilpa says:

    I started going on airplane mode since some months now – in the evenings after 6.30/7.00 I am offline. My phone is not connected to any wifi and I feel so peaceful. I come alive, really. It takes time, but once you get used to being by yourself or your real world, the virtual world loses its charm and you learn to treasure that which is tangible.
    Good for you,Reema!

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