Every once in a while it is good to unplug, separated from your phone, television, computer, electronic games, social media, etc. This is what I did for a full week. It was not some noble social experiment, nor active choice on my part. Becoming unplugged was the result of two things that came together. The first think was arthroscopic knee surgery and the accompanying anesthesia and pain pills.
The first 24 hours, the anesthesia was working its way out of my system and after sleeping all day, I slept all night. For the next few days I regularly took my pain medicine. I slept much of the time, with my leg elevated and iced. I got up only to take medicine and read a few blogs between doses, renew my icepack and take care of a few other things that only I could do. The rest of the time I slept. I did attempt to write one blog, but something just didn’t seem right. Thank goodness I did not publish.
The second contributor was a previously scheduled camping weekend in our new travel trailer. A rainy weekend bonding with our new travel trailer seemed like the perfect way to recover from surgery, since hiking is pretty much considered a dry weather activity. You may love tramping about in the rain, not me, unless it is a warm summer day, as opposed to a cold fall day. Either way, I am not a fan of mud. We decided where to put things in our RV so they would be secure, tested out the systems, rented some movies, and stayed dry and comfortable. There was no phone service, no Wi-Fi so no computer and no download to my I-pad. We were isolated from the outside world.
As time went on I realized my dreams were becoming very intense. I actually had dreams with three-dimensional effects, and spent much time in that place between awake and asleep, where dream and reality mixed. At one point I was sure we where on our sailboat from years ago. I think being unplugged caused these intense dreams. When blocked or frustrated I will limit my media usage and my dreams and creativity go wild.
Now it has been just over a week, and I’m off the pain medications and eager to get back to my blog. While I was gone an amazing things happened. I now have 52 readers. I thank you for following me, and hope I continue to prove myself worthy. I value our relationship.