The subject of disconnecting has been on my brain quite a lot lately. Perhaps it’s because this time last year, my coworkers and I were embarking on a disconnect challenge, one that required we each identify a technological vice we could commit to breaking away from for an entire month. I chose Instagram in an effort to get away from constant documentation and return to the idea of recapturing the moment. This year, the group is currently in the midst of a total blackout from all social media channels. Although I considered hopping on board, I realized that professionally, it wasn’t a wise call for me at the moment, and so I opted out. Even though I am not part of the official month long disconnect, I’ve been using this time period to focus on the idea of taking a step back from being over-connected to recapture the details that get regularly overlooked.
Retreating to the Woods
Naturally it seemed like a perfect time to retreat off the grid to stay in a cabin for a few days and spring hop down the Santa Fe River with my counterpart. And so, at the start of last week, we set out for a much needed retreat into the central Florida wilderness near Rum Island in Fort White, not too far from Gainesville. The days immediately before departure, I realized my brain was spinning too fast, and feeling like its wires were totally burnt out. This retreat couldn’t have come at a better time.