Refraining from the internet was easier than I thought it was going to be, but only because I dealt with it in obscenely exaggerated ways.
I'm the kind of person that doesn't mind not having the internet... just so long as it's not readily available. If I'm traveling to a different country, it doesn't hurt me to not have a phone with internet access on me at all times. It doesn't even bother me all that much to travel and not use much of the internet at all.
It gets hard when you have all the access you could possible want and you have to keep yourself from utilizing it. The temptation was almost too much to handle.
This is what I wrote in my journal yesterday:
I'd like to take this moment to formally thank The Action Challenge for bringing back my love of books and coffee to me.
Yesterday morning, the book I picked up was Humans of New York: Stories. By the early evening, I finished this entire book which is almost 500 pages long. Granted, most of the pages are filled with images, but the stories take up at least 200 pages of regular text.
During the afternoon, I didn't have very much to do, so I decided to take a nap. Four hours later, I struggled with the decision of getting up out of bed or continuing on with sleeping. If I hadn't gotten up, I'm pretty sure I could have slept through the night.
Aside from the journal entry above, I wrote a few more. Without the distraction of the internet, I was able to take some time and reflect about the things I've been avoiding for a while. The nap was probably the best part though, if I'm being completely honest.
Living in America, it's so easy to forget that not everyone lives the way we do. Not everyone has the luxury of the internet to entertain and inform them constantly and relentlessly. Yesterday, I was able to take a step back and try to live my life the way others might. Imagine how smart I could be if I never gave up reading for the sake of Netflix.
P.S. Azusa Pacific students, it's not too late to sign up for The Action Challenge.