#MondayMusings : Airplane Mode
I’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!
Linking this post to #MondayMusings at Everyday Gyaan.