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Going Off The Grid

Last weekend, I went out of town. To get away, to relax, to shut down my brain – those were just a few of the many reasons for my last-minute trip. And I decided that if I was going to get away from the computer, I should get away from technology in general, so I posted this with the noblest of intentions:

Adam Avitable goes off the grid

Surely I could do it, right? I could keep my phone off for 36 hours, right?

Wrong.

I lasted a total of 11 hours, 10 of which I was either sleeping or driving.

Adam Avitable and Savannah at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites

Starting with one photo, it snowballed from there. I shared pictures on Instagram, I posted on Facebook, I checked in on Foursquare, and I even used Twitter. I got called out for not really being “off the grid” and I started thinking about it.

I didn’t check my email.

I didn’t scroll through Facebook looking at others’ feeds. I ignored all of the groups I belong to.

I didn’t glance through Instagram to see what was posted or even who liked the photos I took.

I didn’t play games on my phone or ignore the company I was with or look at my phone over and over again to see if I had any new notifications.

I didn’t even bring my phone with me when we went to the spa for massages or down to the pool.

I went away for a weekend, I relaxed by the pool, drank fruity drinks, got a massage, got some sun, played in the water with the best inflatable paddle boards, ate fantastic food, and spent engaged, fully attentive time in the company of a friend. We had great conversations while ignoring everything outside of our little circle.

And yes, while I shared some of the happiness and fun that I was having with the online world, I didn’t partake in anything that the world wanted to offer me – whether it consisted of stressful emails, funny Facebook memes, or heavily filtered Instagram food photos. I wasn’t compelled to see what I missing and was content to enjoy my time to the fullest extent I could.

In my mind, that totally counts as being off the grid.

Actually, you know what? It’s better than being off the grid – I was able to use technology without being reliant on it and without disrupting my ability to have fun and be present in the moment. I was proximate to the grid. And if that’s as far as I can get to being completely off the grid? I’m okay with that.

Adam Avitable and Savannah at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites enjoying some drinks by the pool

Adam Avitable at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites
Rum runners and fruity rum drinks from noon until midnight!
One of the few times we used our phones.
One of the few times we used our phones.
The list we left for the maid at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites Sand Key.
The list we left for the maid at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites Sand Key.
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