If I throw my iPhone in the ocean...don't be super surprised.
Jill here. I’m sitting on the beach. It’s windy, warm, and kind of perfect. I’ve got a piña colada in one hand and a pen in the other. My mom is asleep next to me on a blue beach chair. She’s already finished her piña colada. She loves a strong, beachy drink. Actually, she just said that we need to “stir it up” tonight because we only have a couple nights left. The best.
I’m writing this in a journal because I don’t like bringing technology to the beach. I actually wish I could nix technology all together. In theory, I could. I know that…and I know you’re thinking: “Stop complaining about it and just do it.” I'm not quite there yet. But in my dream world...I live in a time before iPhones and MacBook Pros.
All I’m trying to say is, I love what comes about when there is no technology around. When people aren’t just on their phones. (Myself included.) I’m so sick of iPhones. They were so amazing in like 2007 or whenever they came out, but now I'm over it. I know, I know. But it’s how I feel at the current moment so go with it for a minute.
We were in Zimbabwe 2 weeks ago where phones are basically useless. We used them as cameras and flashlights, but that’s it. No texting, no CNN, no Facebook or Instagram. You don’t even have to charge it for a whole week. Good thing you don’t need to, because you couldn’t even if you wanted to.
So, we put our phones away…we played Duck Duck Goose (or as the kiddos at HOHA called it, “Duck, Duck, Juice”…so cute…) we jump-roped, we got my guitar out and sang songs. We did the hokey pokey and turned ourselves around. And I remembered...that's really what it's all about. Looking people in the eyes. Being fully present. Laughing. Running around. Freedom.
At night, we sat outside and we all just looked at the stars. When the sun went down, we ate dinner by candlelight and flashlights. We sang more songs. Everyone was present and it was so relaxing. I didn’t have anxiety about what I was missing out on. I didn’t check Twitter just because there was “nothing else to do.” I'm pretty sure I didn't miss much either.
I'm currently on vacation in the Dominican Republic and I feel similarly to how I felt when I was in Zimbabwe. If you’re texting me or tweeting me, I don’t know it. All I hear right now are waves and wind and the occasional Justin Bieber song on a boat cruising by. (Love ya, JB.) All I see is beauty around me and also my terrible handwriting because I’m so relaxed...I am scribbling this while lying down. I hope I can read it when I have to type it up later. (Update: my handwriting was as bad as I described. This is very hard to read.)
The past month has been full of situations that have forced me away from technology and I feel so free. I know that technology has done so much for us. It has allowed me to travel to amazing places…to meet incredible people…and to do things I never thought possible.
But this week I have played games, read books, and had conversations over wine and Cheddar Chex mix. And I'm remembering how much I love that. (The games, books and conversations…more so than the Chex mix. But still, the Cheddar Chex Mix is worth a try...)
I’ve thrown a ball around in the ocean for hours. I’m starting my 3rd book now. And I’m happy.
So, if I throw my iPhone in the ocean before I come home, don't be surprised. Maybe I'll run into you on the street and we can play a game of Boggle and have a conversation. It might be fun!
Until then, here are some more fan pics from our many adventures with you fine folks! Much love for y'all.