I usually experience a few mixed emotions about going home (MI). It's not that I don’t absolutely love seeing my family or being back in the community I grew up in. That is the number one reason I keep coming back. Where I experience a bit of anxiety is in knowing that when I arrive, I am virtually “unplugged”. “Unplugged” means living without cell, email, texting, Facebook, Twitter, etc. There are no hotspots, no wifi, no towers, no bars, no 3G, 4G or any G at all in my mother’s home.
At first, I experience a bit of anxiety and connectivity withdrawal symptoms for about the first few days. What if people email me or text? How will I know what is happening on Facebook or Twitter? How will I look up a recipe without my Google?
But something miraculous happens on about day three or four. I start to get quite comfortable living without technology. I realize I have no true commitments because I’m on vacation. I don’t have to check email nor respond to any requests. I am really o.k. not posting my status to social media or knowing what everyone else is doing. I’m reading books, playing cards and talking with people live. Wow--this is what life was like before technology.
With a deep breath I realize, I can just “be”. The techno withdrawal symptoms subside and I break out into a chorus (only in my head) of Que Sera, Sera as Doris Day so eloquently sang to us many years ago.
“Que sera, sera. Whatever will be will be, the future's not ours to see, que sera, sera. “
Well, obviously I’m back. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my unplugged time, I'm glad to be reconnected to the world wide web and social media.
However, I've made a decision to keep singing Que Sera, Sera. It will be a great song to carry into 2011!