I feel like I hear this word everywhere. Everyone is always talking about needing to unplug, wanting to unplug, being unplugged. And I was thinking about it today and how I could probably use some time unplugged. Mostly because don't think I have been "unplugged" since I first got a cellphone. This is in part because I like to be plugged in. I like to be connected. I am a total social media whore (I feel like you have to be if you're a blogger).
What really sparked my inspiration today for this post was something I read in Lean In. (If you don't know what Lean In is then may be you should plug in a little bit more.) It was a chapter about having it all. Mostly about how "having it all" is a myth. It is impossible to have it all. You can't be 100% perfect at everything. She mostly talked about how women often compare their work accomplishments and time commitments to those who solely concentrate on work and compare their time and accomplishments at home with full time stay at home parents. This creates a feeling of not having accomplished enough in either aspect in your life. This really made sense but didn't really apply to me so much since I am single and don't have a family to go home to and take care of. She did touch on though that single people shouldn't feel that since they don't have a family to go home to that their free time is any less important. It is important to go to parties and events, just as much as it's important for married people to go to their kid's soccer games or ballet recitals.
She went on to say that you shouldn't feel guilty for taking this time for yourself. Work is important, but so is just living your life. She talked about how when she took maternity leave (for three months) people in the office took bets on how long it would take her to get back on her email for work, which was the next day after giving birth. She talked about how she later regretted this and wish that she had found more time to just relax with her son and not worry about constantly being "connected".
This really made me think of how little I actually unplug from the world. I am in constant cycles of work and school with only breaks for holidays in which time I'm trying to work in time for hair, doctor, dentist, eye, etc appointments. No where in that is time to just sit outside with a book and without my phone or any other technology. I can't remember the last time I traveled without my phone, laptop, or ipad. I think one of my goals for this year is going to be to unplug for a certain amount of time either a day, or week, or even month depending on what my schedule is like. I think it's important to just disconnect from the world for a bit and enjoy time alone.
How often do you unplug? xoxo Natalie
Natalie. 25. Mechanical engineer. Mining and Minerals Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech. I love pugs, pink, nail polish, crafting, feminism, makeup, and Netflix.