I know you understand relationships are complicated. Hard, even. Actually scratch that. I’ll just be blunt. Look Tech, we need to talk because we have to figure this out for once and for all.
Hey hey hey, easy now, no need to worry; it’s not you, it’s me. I know it’s cliche and you probably hear that a lot but, it really is me. We’ve been together for a pretty long time and we’ve had our ups and downs, maybe more ups than downs but nonetheless, here we are. Truthfully, I don’t know what to do. A part of me wants to break up with you and the other half is just way too comfortable. Attached even.
Look at you, you’re smart and talented, you listen to me. All my friends love you. Hell, while it took her some time, even my mom loves you. And for the most part, you’re there for me when I need you, except for that one time during that blackout when you totally disappeared on me. You claim you needed some juice but whatever. I digress.
You’ve changed. I mean change is good but you changed a lot and that scares me. On daily basis, I don’t know what to expect from you and that leaves me feeling like I can never keep up. Yes you make me feel special but then again, I spend a lot of money on you. Like don’t you have a job? No, giving me directions and telling what the weather is going to be like isn’t a job. And to be honest, I found out my friends spend a lot of money on you too, but I ignored them and trusted you only to have you have me questioning our entire relationship.
I couldn’t take it anymore, so I decided to spend one day offline. But what on earth does that mean? I like that we are one and you’re vital to my career. I need you. There’s been times I’ve pushed you away, but not an entire day. Not on purpose. Yet I decided, for the better good, to give it a go when Mashable and Cathay Pacific gave me the opportunity to get away from you and spend some time in Hudson, New York.
Initially I was hesitant, but then my friend tagged along for some support and I also found out there would be others from all over the world who were also in a relationship with you that would be joining. My curiosity couldn’t be contained and I’m strong enough to walk away from you and take in a new experience, especially knowing others would be there going through the same thing.
I didn’t second my decision, but my friend and I did arrive a bit late, but we were told we didn’t miss too much. It was beautiful, the fall foliage of Upstate New York. And from that moment, I knew I made the right decision because if you were with me, most likely I would been all into you and not just experiencing the moment. There was breakfast for all of us and afterwards, surprisingly, I found myself playing with bubbles. I couldn’t tell you the last time I did that, but it didn’t matter because everywhere I turned, everyone around me was either blowing bubbles or popping them with swords. Then that led to a few sword fights.
I drifted over to a corn bag toss game that no one was winning and even after several aggressive attempts of trying to get the beanie baby in the hole, we all decided to give it up. I just couldn’t help but think if you were there, you would’ve convinced me to not even try with one of your distraction tricks. It was time to go, and we piled onto a yellow school bus heading to an apple farm. At first, no one actually spoke to us because they thought we were a part of the film crew, but they opened up once they found out who we were. I guess everyone was a bit nervous with a film crew there. It was a bit different to be filmed knowing people were watching to see how I would act with you not around.
Once we got to the apple farm, we picked some organic apples and I watched as others fed them to the horses. Some even had the horses eating it from off their head. I don’t mean to be bashing you but I’m sure if you were there you would have convinced me to take a picture or a video. After collecting apples we had enough to make some apple cider for everyone.
Next we took a hayride around the farm to the main house where we had lunch. I won’t lie, I started missing you at this moment, you always knew the perfect moment to take a picture. I grabbed a blanket and a picnic basket and filled it with sandwiches, brownies, cookies, lemon bars, and some cider as I sat with some new friends and just soaked in the moment.
After hearing about some of the history of the Hudson Valley area we had some free time. Three of us attempted to get in the hammock, epic fail! I then tried my hand at the corn bag toss game again sans beanie babies and got some in the hole. And the crazy thing was I wasn’t thinking about you. I sat down to take in the view for a moment. Next we had a choice of going fishing, hiking, or cleaning horse poop. I took the hike which gave me needed exercise that I could have done without as I slipped across mud, but also time to bond with a new friend.
We headed back and got the chance to swing and play on a merry go round, while checking out the resident chicken and bunnies, before we took a group photo and headed back to the house. The house was huge! 10 of us were staying there. Rather than take a much needed nap, I took a shower and got ready for the evening festivities as I read the itinerary that was left on my bed.
The yellow school bus took us back to the original farm house destination where we grabbed some wine, tried to stay warm, and watched a beautiful sunset. We were then ushered inside the barn, where cowboy hats were set at the table. I found one that suited me and wore it for the rest of the night.
Food was served…yay I was hungry…boo it didn’t taste that great. Next up square dancing. I hadn’t done this since high school. I had a great time and got warm really quick dooseedo-ing and hooting and hollering while the live band played for us. Afterwards we headed outside to write wishes on a chinese lantern before releasing them into the night sky. It was so gorgeous that I realized a camera couldn’t capture what my eyes were seeing. Then I was handed a sparkler and had fun twirling that around till it burnt out.
Next up a bonfire..a much needed one because it was super cold out. The fire was almost too warm, but inviting and nice. We had huge marshmellows to roast over the fire to make s’mores and talk before it was time to head back to the house. So exhausted I forgot about you technology.
The next morning we headed back to the farm house for breakfast. In true blogger fashion everyone had their phones out collecting information and snapping pictures. Technology, I’ve come back to you and I missed you. After breakfast we had a mimosa toast out in the huge and beautiful backyard before more pictures commenced and everyone began to say their goodbyes.
It was interesting, but nice to bond with a group of strangers (bloggers, influencers, and crew) and make some new friends without you. I must say, some time away from you, made me realize that while I don’t wanna break up, I do wanna experience more days like this…. with and without you.
What would you do with One Day Offline?
Disclaimer: Thank you to Mashable and Cathay Pacific for inviting me to experience One Day Offline! All thoughts and opinions have not been influenced and are my own.
One Day Offline: A Break From Technology