Sean and I went away about 2 months ago to Connecticut. A tropical storm had just hit the area and when we arrived, the Wifi was out, power lines were down everywhere, and we were lucky to still have a place to stay that had the lights on.
It was lovely. Yet, we quickly learned that we had no data reception, no streaming capabilities without the Wifi, and 2 days ahead of us in this place. We kept saying that we felt like it was the early 2000s for us, sending one text message at a time, perusing what was on television...how did we live like that?!
We ended up watching movies that were on TV, in the moment. "Hurry Up with the drinks, it's starting!" "I have to run to the bathroom, yell if the commercials are over and it comes back!" It was actually really fun!
The moment demanded our attention. To be there. No rewind. No fast-forward. I couldn't even scroll through my phone while watching the movie, say what?! Which brought me to the usual realization that watching a screen while browsing another is just...a lot.
To be somewhere. To truly be there. And do one thing at a time. It allows you to meet the moment.
We had a blast. We checked in with family and friends whenever we were out and about and could get Wifi or reception. We sent our favorite pictures from the day and then logged off and headed on our way.
I want more of this in my life. I know we all do. And I know we can all do it, to whatever extent we can figure out. I think it's in those times, that I am present, that I am the best version of myself. I want to be that version as much as possible.
And I especially want to use one screen at a time to the best of my ability. (Sometimes I have my TV, Phone, and Laptop going...it's gotta stop!!)
When so much content is at our fingertips, it's hard to find boundaries and to live like the present moment is all we've got...but it actually is. As a kid, I sat down for American Idol twice a week, was in front of the TV on a Friday night for the new DCOM movie with my mom...and nothing could stand in the way of my undivided attention for a DCOM premiere.
In giving our full attention to the moment, I think it will free us from being consumed by the chasm of devices and content and allow us to live in each moment whether it's a TV show, a movie, a family dinner, or a hike in nature.
Maybe I should pitch a pop up message to Netflix...instead of the "are you still watching"..."are you paying attention?"