I’m going to be honest with you… that was a little painful. I never just sit and do nothing! If I ever have downtime I am either on my computer, watching TV, or most likely on my phone. I have always had a very active imagination; my parents said I have been like that since a very young age. So this assignment, the Solitude Challenge was honestly scary for me because I never have ANY idea where my brain is going to take me. For my Social Media class we are required to sit for half an hour doing NOTHING and then blog about the experience. Here’s how that went:
I just lay on my bed for half an hour and studied the cracks of my 200-year-old ceiling, traced the pattern on my bedspread, twiddled my fingers, counted some freckles, checked the clock and tried with all my might not to touch my phone. I thought about stressful “what-if” scenarios (I don’t know why I do this…) and imagined my life in 10 years; I always try to picture where I will live, what kind of life I will lead and strangely what my bed will look like. This is a recurring theme in my life; the bed is of utmost importance to me because there is nothing like a comfortable bed. So I appreciated my bed for a long time, I actually got under my covers mid-day which was awesome. I had my window open so I got to listen to all of the country-sounds outside, like my dad mowing the lawn and with the occasional gust of wind heard my curtains blowing softly.
So I lived through the assignment, but the second it was over I picked up my phone to erase the seven emails that had come in during those 30 minutes, and then checked my Instagram and Twitter newsfeeds. Sometimes I wish everyone’s phone would smash and we’d all be forced to look at each other, make eye contact and have meaningful conversations. But the world is changing; we live in the era of social media and that train is not slowing down anytime soon. While I find that frustrating at times it’s also really exciting and has helped me make connections with new people and keep in touch with friends and family in so many ways which has been very enriching. Try the #SolitudeChallenge, and let me know what you think!