How do you tune out?
On the weekend, I was forced to. I went out of town and had no cell service. Zero. No Instagram, no email, no Google Maps, no calls or texts. Initially, I was anxious. What if we got lost? Everything was so pretty, I instantly wanted to upload every photo I took to Instagram.
But then I realized that was kind of insane, that the cut off was a good thing. I could upload photos later, we could always ask someone for directions. Despite what I often believe, my phone is not my life source. The world worked perfectly fine before mobiles or apps. And my urge to check for notifications abated.
It was the longest time in years that I had been offline. (Ok, so maybe I managed to get onto the hotel’s wifi a couple of times but it was very minimal and mainly for work!!) (And a quick check of Instagram, fine.) And, when I got back on Sunday, I naturally left my phone at home while I went out for an hour — something I would NEVER normally do.
So, maybe tuning out is all about practice? I’m going to try to do it for a few hours every weekend, when I know that I don’t have anything urgent that I’m waiting for. Do you ever try to do that, too?
Photo: Juergen Teller for Vogue UK