The thing about laptops is you can take them to bed every night and watch Community till you’re sleepy. And wake up in the morning and check your mail while you have your coffee. I’ve been doing that lately, and I’m starting to hate myself a little bit.
I suppose you think I’m being dramatic again, but I’m not. Here’s the thing, Zonk. I’m at my comp all day everyday, and my internet is always on. I work on my website and work on my projects and make invoices and find time to chat and check my mail and check Behance and dA and watch Community. And yet I don’t blog like I used to. I’m not too sure why, but maybe it’s because a year ago there was really not much else I could do with my computer and internet connection..
And I miss that sometimes. I miss coming online to check my mail and blog and actually leaving after. I miss shutting down my comp in the middle of the day. I miss reading in my spare time and sitting with my guitar for hours and painting almost everyday. I miss having spare time sometimes. Because all the spare time I have right now I spend on the internet or watching Community, and that is really not how my time was meant to be spent. I used to know what to do with myself once and I don’t know if I do anymore. I’m afraid I’ll be forty soon, and glued to a chair with a screen growing out from my face. And I really can’t let that happen, Zonk. Not in a thousand years.
And so I made a decision yesterday. Sometime this week I’m going to declare a no-computer day for myself. I can do anything I like all day, or nothing at all, but I can’t touch my comp. That means no checking my email, no blogs, no working on WordPress or logo designs. I can watch Community, or anything else for that matter, but only if it’s on TV. And I can’t check my mail at all. Not even on my phone.
I don’t remember the last time I didn’t check my mail for a whole entire day. And that, O Zonk, is seriously disturbing. So I’m going take my day off to detox. I’m going to do things. I’m going to read my head off and make music and sit on my sofa and watch TV. There’s a part of me that believes I can’t spend 24 hours away from the internet unless I’m on a lone beach sipping coconut water somewhere. And I’m going prove that part of me wrong and smash it to pulp and stick it’s head on a stake and do a victory dance around it.
I think I’m going to do this tomorrow, perhaps. Or the day after. And I’ll come back here the next day and tell you all about it. Join me if you like, Zonk, and tell me what you did on your no-computer day. Maybe we can all do one no-computer day each this week. Even if you’re not as addicted to the internet as I am. I think it could be fun. What say?
PS: I love Community.