Weekend without technology allows student to focus on nature

| April 6, 2018

By AJ Ballard |

Many conversations that I have with adults revolve around my generation’s use of technology and supposed “addiction” to their phones. Before spring break, I could hardly say that I agreed with them.

A weekend at Ruidosa left the author without wifi access.

Technology has come such a long way in such a short amount of time, and I’ve been alive longer than some of the key devices we all use today. Despite all of the negative connotations people my age may have towards unplugging and giving up their internet, I have to say that going off of the grid for a few days was a surprisingly good experience.

The Saturday after school let out, I went on a road trip and didn’t have any sort of cell service or wi-fi for about two and a half days. Once I got my social media in order and taken care of by someone I trusted, I could rest easy. I had time to finally take a breath of fresh air.

The third nine weeks were over, I had a week to unwind and relax, and the scenery in South Texas was absolutely stunning. The mountains, the sunsets, the architecture. Everything was so new to me. I couldn’t remember the last time I had seen a clear sky with stars speckling the darkness.

Breathtaking views aside, I had plenty of time to reevaluate myself and to think about the things that were stressing me out. With my phone out of the way and left on the kitchen table, I was free to run around outside and ignore a lot of the negative things that social media fed to me without my realization.

In retrospect, putting my phone down for even such a short amount of time reminded me that it’s okay to take a step back and breathe, and to admire the view around me. Regardless of the stressors I face in life, both physically and virtually, I’m capable of enjoying the world I’m living in, and I encourage everyone to try and do the same.

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