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LIVING OFFLINE IN AN ONLINE WORLD

November 20, 2018

Lately, the internet has been a huge part of my life. I mean, I work as a digital nomad so how can it not be? But in the coming weeks, I will be living in the mountains of Morocco. There will be no internet, no telecom signals, and I will be forced to shut down my online lifestyle and appreciate what it is like to live offline.

To be honest, I used to not like to idea of being stuck into your phone for hours or working on your laptop for hours. But I work online, and there is just no other way. It has been a hard thing to deal with, because sometimes I just feel like I want to escape and leave behind this virtual world that I have created. But I was a sissy and did not have the guts to try…until I arrived in Morocco. You see, this trip has been very eye opening for me. Plus, I am sure that you have noticed the lack and inconsistency in my blog posts since I arrived in Morocco (about a month and a half ago). It was because I wanted to actually experience the culture and immerse myself in the local lifestyle. I wanted to see it first hand, and not through the lens of my camera. That is what I have been doing for the past few weeks. So far, I am pleased to say that I am loving it.

You see, we get so distracted in doing things our own way. Also, the distraction of posting the perfect photographs or the perfect videos or the perfect blog posts get in the way of our daily lives. Little do we know, these distractions are hindering us from living a whole new other life. What am I talking about? A few days ago, I was sitting at a restaurant in Marrakech and I was with my friends. Almost all of us were scrolling through our phones whilst we were waiting for our orders to arrive. Everyone of us were so focused on our phones and we are not even bothering to even do a small talk. These times are supposed to be spent for fellowship, and instead, we spend it scrolling endlessly on our phones. So I think it would be quite a good thing to take a break from the online world and live my life offline…for a couple of weeks, at least. But worry not, as I am currently sitting down at this little cafe in Chefchaoene (surrounded by men, i must say), I have written and scheduled blog posts for the weeks that I will be gone online. So everything will go as planned for my blog, but as for myself, I will be living my best mountain life yet.

We get so caught up in our virtual reality and we tend to forget that we have to live our life in ‘the now’. So I hope that we do not take this life for granted and cherish all the real relationships that we have. Because the people that we spend our actual time with (physically) will always be the ones who will be there for us through thick and thin. Cherish these people, the time, and the memories.

“Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.”

Isaiah 25:1 NIV

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