THIS summer has been one of the best of my life.
I have changed. I have grown. And I have learnt something.
About me and my life.
And, most importantly, how I want it to be.
There are two clear stand out moments from the summer holidays that will always stay with me.
Two light bulb moments. Two occurances which provided clarity and inspiration.
Neither of them are anything out of the ordinary but yet both have stayed with me, leaving their mark.
The first ‘life changer’ happened whilst on holiday in Kefalonia.
We were sat by a beautiful pool on a peaceful summer evening. The sun was setting, creating the most breathtaking colour show across the sky and families all around us were sat in their ‘holiday best’ drinking, eating, laughing and chatting.
All but one.
All but one family of four – Mum, Dad and their two teenage children.
As the rest of us took in the idyllic scene before us, trying to soak up every bit of that holiday feeling, this family were engaged elsewhere.
In the online world. On their phones.
For the couple of hours we sat as a family, laughing and nattering, this family sat with their heads down, diverted from the paradise they were in, sucked into the vortex of alerts, status updates and ‘news’.
Too busy checking Facebook or Twitter, too busy scrolling down their timelines to see what other people were up to, too busy taking notice of the online world, to even look up for a mere second or two to appreciate the stunning view.
Not once did they take in the beauty of their current surroundings.
Not once did they put their phones down.
Not once did they look like they were on holiday, having a ball.
And let me tell you, it really wasn’t very nice to witness.
I’m not judging this family, because we’ve all done it, haven’t we?
We’ve all stopped a flowing conversation to respond to a text or send a tweet. We’ve all been too engrossed in Facebook sometimes, nosey-ing in other people’s lives, to even notice what is happening in our own.
We’ve all wasted far too much time online when we could have been spending that time playing with our children, reading a book or working on our dreams.
But I ask you, when did this happen?
When did we become so fascinated by the online world and the constant update of (in most cases) mundane information that we stopped being fascinated by the ‘real’ world?
When did we stop paying full attention to our surroundings, the people we love and decent conversation?
When did our online activity all become a bit too much?
I sat and watched that family for a while and I felt like a fool. A first class, embarrassed fool.