Above: A trail I ran today in Hueston State Park, near Oxford, OH.
I often hear people say we need to “disconnect” more often. Sometimes I ask why. Why should we disconnect? Their answers: We need to “turn off our computers for a weekend.” We need “get away from email.” The answer is usually about getting away from technology.
But do they really mean that? Should we get away from technology? Technology makes our lives easier. The microwave is technology. Air conditioning is technology. I can’t live without technology.
I think what people really mean when they say “disconnect” isn’t what they say. What they really mean is something similar to how you would “disconnect” a computer that is running slow or just not acting right: you would reboot it. You would disconnect its power supply and restart it. This clears out the trash from the computer’s “brain” — giving it a fresh start.
To me, “disconnecting” means sleeping-in until I’m recharged, then going for a long, physically exhausting trail run. I take my phone with me because I enjoy taking of picture of my run and reading the funny things that @joetinker tweets. I don’t, however, always wear a pair of shoes — that’s a technology I can do without.
What’s your disconnect? Or maybe the better question is how do you reset yourself?