Stop What You're Doing, and Get the Hell Away

A huge amount of jobs in the market today force us into a state of technological zoning. Even in the marketing world where people-to-people actions are needed there is a massive amount of time spent gazing into a lit screen. And that screen space is getting very dull.

I see the Internet as cloudy, time-consuming, and noisy like everyone else, but can also see the value in it. Computers and the Internet give us the ability to build, but the only way our generation will succeed is through collaboration. Those who use the connectivity of the web to pass geographical and time constraints will win out. This is nothing new, but it is also not practiced. I receive more pictures on my Instagram “Explore” section of teenage boys selfies than of anything that I would actually enjoy viewing. It’s because they have thousands of “likes” and for what? Because some other teenager thousands of miles away is also bored enough to think that this is quality material that is worth paying attention to.

I unfortunately am not immune to this. I take photos that are ultimately worthless besides self-promotion/exploitation and--in my line of work--encourage others to do the same. Take this picture below for example. Out on the water and I’m still snapping pictures and when it is posted I create some “witty caption”. But what does the audience know about what I’m feeling or thinking? Do they know that all the while I’m looking out and appreciating the beauty of the bayou?

It takes a lot for me to settle down and think. I try not to succumb to the everyday stresses of friends, family, work, pursuits, etc., but deep down they are always there. Lurking underneath every quiet moment with a book or date night with my loved one. All of this thinking and doing while skipping around to one more article or one more social site leads me into anxiety. That’s just the person I am. What I tend to forget as I dive deeper and deeper into the Internet is that breaking away is sometimes the best thing. The hardest, and the best.

Being out on the water changes all of that. the expanse of clouds in the sky has always been an emotional release for me. To put my life in perspective of everything else. The tides will always be moving, the clouds ever changing. The wildlife is only connected to me by my eating and living standards. Other than that I am one lone existence on a huge space. To most that would seem anxiety-provoking, but for me, it is my escape.

It has not always been fishing that calms my nerves. Up until I was legally allowed to drink beer it was nothing more than a dull lull in an otherwise action packed day. Why would I give up body surfing, kayaking, swimming, boat riding, and biking to go sit and throw a bobber into the water?

(Mind you, my family are not the best fishermen and women. We now will likely go with a guide to created “honey holes” to experience the thrill of catching an actual fish.)

Now, any time that I get to appreciate being away from a desk or a computer I grasp it and never let go.

It takes a lot to remove oneself from a project or task or new website design, but just do it. Wherever you are and whatever can calm your nerves head towards it.