Last month miss Xenia asked the class to participate in a social experiment. I wasn't particularly excited to do this so I kept pushing it back again and again. Eventually I came round and I finally did it. The experiment was to spend at the very least 4 hours without any screen in front of us or any sort of recent and smart technology.
What I did
I woke up at around 10 and had a very nice breakfast. I read a book for 30 minutes and I got bored. So I decided to go for a swim since the beach is very close to my home. I got dressed, approached the shore and walked along the coastline to a nice, quite and low traffic part of the beach. I slowly got in the refreshing water and started swimming. It was my first bath. I don't know how long I was in the water since I didn't get my phone with me. By the time I got out I was exhausted. Due to the exhaustion I walked a lot slower and the way home took a lot longer. In that time I realized something.
For the first time in a long time, I was alone with my thoughts. For years when going somewhere I always had my headphones and I listened to music to pass the time. But now I didn't. So the only thing keeping me company were my thoughts. I discussed tons of things with myself. I reviewed my choices in life, my relationships and the person that I am. I'm always busy doing something but now that I had nothing to do, all these thoughts flooded my brain.
I'm pretty sure I didn't complete the 4 hours but I still learned something. It's ok to be sometimes bored. When I am I think, I imagine, I create. So many great inventors came up with their inventions because they had nothing else to do. And ofcourse I don't think I'm going to discover anything important, but being completely alone and bored will force me to think and observe a lot more, which is something that screens prevented me from doing.
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