The sixteenth truth.

(This comes from the 30 Days of Truth meme, an ongoing blogging project that I hoped to finish by the end of the year…maybe by the end of January?)

Day #16 – Someone or something you definitely could live without.

When I returned home this evening after meeting up with Bears fans, I knew the internet was out at my house.  I kind of liked that idea, even though I’d been away from my computer for most of the day.  I thought I could continue reading the book I borrowed from someone a couple months back.  Or maybe clean the house.

Then the darn internet came back on, soon after I arrived home.

Now I am writing about how I don’t always need to be online.

I don’t need to check e-mail every hour.

I don’t need to update Twitter or Facebook every day.

I don’t need to blog on a set schedule.

I don’t need to always be connected to a desktop computer or a laptop or a smart phone.

I can live without those things for hours, or even days, at a time.  I’ve done it a few times in the past couple months and it feels good to be disconnected.

I can watch the television news, or read a newspaper, to digest current events to their entirety.  Or I can watch movies or read books for entertainment or expanding knowledge.  Or I can go to Ignite Boulder and just sit and learn and laugh.  Or I can go for a long walk on a quiet beach.  Or I can act like a kid again playing auntie – both to those children to whom I am Aunt Rachel and to those of my friends.  These are all things I’ve done during intermittent time away from the darn internet the past few weeks.

Most of all, disconnecting from the online life allows a refresh on my creativity…instead of on my Twitter feed.

No, I won’t give up my computer or my smart phone anytime soon.  But I do need to live without 24/7 access to e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook more often.

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