So, the other day my internet got cut and I was sitting there wondering what to do. Usually I spend my day either watching Youtube videos or reading something on the internet. But with the internet gone I wondered what to do. Suddenly, as I sat there thinking of stuff to do (I should have been studying, but you can’t just start studying cause the internet went off, that’s silly.), I suddenly realised that whatever I thought of required the internet, if I had to listen to music I needed internet, if I wanted to make a dish I needed the internet for the recipe, if I wanted to do some craft I needed to watch an instruction video on the internet, it was crazy. Then I realised that I had become so inside the internet that I had forgotten what to do without it. It was like waking up from a dream and suddenly realising I was caught in a web (literally!). So I thought back to the times when there was no internet. I mean internet came in the mid 2000s where I live. We had internet way before that in India but where I live, personal computers came only around 2002 and we got the internet a few years after that. So, my childhood was internet free. So, I began wondering what I used to do in those times. Clearly I was still procrastinating. But what was I doing while I was procrastinating. It was then that a whole world of fascinating things I used to do came back to me. I used to read a lot (I still read a lot, but not as much as I used to.). I used to write poems, stories, randomly stare into space and get lost in the magical worlds that I had read about in books. Those seemed a lot magical. At those times I feel like I had lived more, like I had done something rather than stare at the screen all day. My point is, that most of us get so lost in the online world what we sometimes forget to do stuff. Rather than reading about someone having a vacation we should go and take one ourselves. The internet may seem like such a wonderful place, it is, you can get so much information, catch up with your friends, read about how to do stuff, but despite all of that, spending all the time online is no good either. I think we should take a break from the internet from time to time, catch up with friends offline rather than online. Go read books in the library. In that endeavour I would like to suggest some things to do while you take your time off internet (or if your internet gets broken 😉 ).
- Go out for a coffee
- Go to the library: Really, just ordering books online isn’t the best reading experience. I know you can get reviews online and buy books based on it, but I have found some of my favourite books just from wandering the library and getting books.
- Meet your friends: Like offline.
- Go for a walk
- Contemplate: Yes, just contemplate on anything. Or just do nothing and stare into space, I tell you it is a fascinating hobby.
Or basically maybe you can just shut off your phone for sometime and enjoy the day like you used to.