LIFE BEYOND THE SCREEN

17 May 2016


This is going to make me sound like such a lazy cow but unless I have to be somewhere, or at work? Usually I'll be at home, on my computer. Half the time I don't even know what I'm doing on there when I look back on the day! Absolutely terrible, I know. Although I'd love to say I'm not tapping away on some kind of electrical device all the time...this is a complete lie. Lately when out and about, I have taken the time to notice just how many people have their heads down looking at their tablet, or phone. So many. Not slating these people because c'mon, that's been me for many years. Still is. And for some people, it's a comfort thing, or a way to keep anxiety at bay. I know it stops me being nervy in some situations.


But what I've recently been doing, is taking a bit of a step back from the ol' digital world. Appreciating the world around me a little more, as I only seem to do so when I'm outside and needing a break..needing the fresh air. This doesn't mean I'm going to be less social on social media...but basically not procrastinating on that nothingness that I seem to do all day. I swear whenever I am catching up with blogs, I open a crap-ton of tabs, ready to read the blogs, but then a hour or two later, close them without even scrolling down to look at the post. Makes absolute sense, right?

The two things I've been lacking in lately is going out just for the sake of it, for fresh air, for something to do and enjoy the day instead of being inside. To actually be tired from doing something! Also, exercise. That doesn't necessarily mean returning to the gym because damn it, I can be a bit healthier without having to spend too many £££s on it. This past week I've been going for walks (and skating but that's a whooooole other post talking about my total shock of not falling over at all), and it's been just over 6 miles each day. To a lot of people that's probably not much, but with my joints, I definitely feel it the next morning...which yes, it's a painful thing but it's also making me feel like I'm doing something, and away from a computer screen. (I'd say phone, but that goes with me and I usually snap a picture or two whilst there).

Basically, I want to live my life beyond the screen. Even if it's not much I'm up to? There are books in my room waiting to be read. Places to be explored (even if it is a road near me that I've never walked down before). Exhibitions to be seen. I talk about wanting to be inspired, in myself I want to create more stuff, yet don't because that time is spent looking at other people's creativity, wishing that was me. I need to stop thinking 'what if...' and just do it!

I'd love to find a way to make a living, using the internet to my advantage, seeing as I've been on a computer of some kind since the age of 11 (holy crap that is over half of my life...almost 14 years!) But frankly don't know what. So, taking a bit more time to enjoy the world around me and spend less time online, getting caught up in petty dramas and arguments? That's what I need to do. We spend so much time looking at screens, with so much at our fingertips, that we sometimes forget how much of the world is out there. Just realised this sounds like some kind of farewell, but it's not. Not at all! More a...here's hoping I'm inspired by the world around me to create more interesting content!

I suppose this is one of those posts where it's kind of a written promise to yourself. If you write it down, then you HAVE to do it. Although I need to think what exactly 'it' is!

12 comments

  1. Like you, I'm planning on stepping away from the internet. I was forced to when I went on holiday outside of the country and it was So nice so this summer I'm going to dedicate a good portion just off the laptop and phone :)
    x Kenzie // Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

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  2. Definitely need this for myself too! What a beautifully written post Meg, you constantly inspire me <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile 

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  3. I'm trying very hard to live a life beyond a screen, but sometimes I feel like I inadvertently created a life for a screen. I feel bad when I am not commenting on blogs, or IGs etc. But in truth, I've never been really the person to have such a forced online presence. I'm a stay home and knit or read a book at a coffee shop kind of person. (Wow, so hipster, so manic pixie dream girl)

    I'm trying to take little steps to detach myself like turning off all notifications for Instagram, Twitter etc. Checking maybe once or three times a day rather than every hour. Scheduled posts so I can have the weekend free to spend time with loved ones and with myself. The internet is great, but it doesn't beat life. <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

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  4. Six miles is really impressive! I try to do yoga every day and one other bit of exercise - either cycling, jogging or walking. It does make a huge, huge difference! x

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  5. Great post! it is so easy for us to get wrapped up with our computers and social media presences, that we forget to explore the actual world around us, so it is great that you are making an effort to do so! Beautiful photo as well - love small houses like that!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  6. YES. I related to this post so much!!!

    Also, six miles a day? That's awesome! You go, girl! :D

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  7. Meg, this whole post SPEAKS to me okay. Sometimes I feel like my whole day was spent in scrolling through Instagram or refreshing my Twitter app cos yeah, that's how it really go. I need to break away. I have been writing more poetry, doing art journals, putting away my phone, and trying to get involved with nature.

    PS: Skating sounds sooo cool!

    Noor | Noor's Place

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  8. I can totally relate to this!! I recently deleted my Facebook profile for a week and that week I found I was so productive and living life 'beyond the screen' and as soon as I re-installed it I was back looking at the screen so much more. It's crazy how attached we get to these things, but I'm making a conscious effort to spend more time doing other things.

    www.thepolway.com

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  9. Heyo, I really enjoy the vibes of this post, it's the first time I read something on "A little twist of" and bam!!! what a good one just speaking out of my mind! I feel like when debating about computers and whether the internet is good/bad/helpful/evil/a unicorn.. we either have the complete pro or contra. But I guess reaching the healthy middle line is also about how much one loses him/herself into the life on screen. I find that completely neglecting one or another does not work in our tech-driven society.
    On the other hand, breaks from the digital world can really be like a mind cleanse, I do wonder why, since real life is not less exciting than the online stuff.

    xx

    WONDERWALLFLOWER

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  10. I LOVE this Meg. I spend so much time on my computer because it's work but then also a hobby but it really is so essential to have life away from the screen to just get perspective. I'm currently in the south of france with the most amazing views and scenery and I'm sat on my computer looking at blogs... definitely needs to change.

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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