It’s been two weeks now on the Ranch, with my only recreational technology use being occasionally checking email on my phone. This is a pretty sudden change from what I had been doing: laptop and phone in constant internet and media use, often simultaneously.
The effect of this change has been interesting; I’ve been reading a lot more, as I used to as a kid, and as I’d gotten out of the habit of doing. And I’ve been spending more time just being, enjoying the sunlight or taking a nap or hiking or just hanging out. It’s been very relaxing, soothing on mind and body, so that even the 9+ hour days I occasionally have don’t seem like too much work.
Even if I end up going back to my techo-habits at the end of summer, having this time away, knowing all I need to feel content and fulfilled is good books and lots of nature to explore, feels like a rare gift in this land of smart phones and laptops and tablets. While certain things — like looking for my next job and filling out applications — would be so much easier with my laptop, I can’t really say I have any regrets about leaving it behind when I came out here to the Ranch.