Disconnect to Connect
In Jan 2012, I made a conscious choice to cancel my cable television. I made this decision because I was watching between 3-4 hours of television a day for most of 2011. Exhausted after getting home from work, I would plop down on the sofa and escape into an endless number of tv shows and movies. So when I cancelled my cable, I had much more time after work to do the things that interested me instead of watching other people do it. I learned more about the art of photography and the business of selling photos online. I researched more about travel hacking to start earning miles for free flights when I travel overseas.
When I quit my job in April, I had a lot more knowledge to start planning the next chapter of my life. In June, I took off for a 2 months road/camping trip and visited 8 National Parks and 3 State Parks. Camping in the wilderness and seeing the beauty of nature really helped me to reconnect with a more spiritual part of me that was slowly dying before from being malnourished with all the visual muck I was watching on television. I started to feel alive again and more connected to Mother Earth.
I timed my road trip to be able to attend the World Domination Summit half way through my trip in July. And after WDS, another world had opened up to me that I didn’t even know existed before. So when I got back from my road trip in August, I began to immerse myself in this online world where digital nomads travel, live, and work from all over the world. As inspired as I was by all of this, I began to get sucked in again without realizing it at first. I started spending between 3-4 hours a day engaged in social media and various websites and blogs. I started becoming more disconnected to the physical world.
Don’t get me wrong, I find myself very fortunate to live in this digital information age where there are multitudes of medias available to me with a click of a remote and/or mouse. Although I have to be careful and constantly remind myself to find a balance between spending my time online vs. offline, consuming information vs. creating content, viewing the digital world through my computer screen vs. capturing the natural world through the viewfinder of my camera.
There are only so many hours in the day and how I chose to spend my time ultimately determines my priorities in life. The fantasy I had about working for myself is that I get to decide what I want to do with my life. The reality I am starting to discover is that I need to actually put in a lot of work in order to achieve what I want to do. I must be able to disconnect from all forms of distraction when needed in order to connect to a part of myself where curiosity fosters creativity and inspiration promotes action.
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