Screenless in Switzerland
Since this chaotic situation started, such as having to live at your mother’s with a younger sibling, I have been trying to cut back on my screen time. Oddly enough, I created this page. The saddest truth about our time is that, in order to keep in touch, we must stay connected. A while ago I met a friend who became a pen pal and I wish it were still “a thing”. There is nothing like taking the time to write down what is going on in your life and wondering about somebody else’s to show them you care for them enough to rewrite the whole thing if you smudged it the first time around. You could also send it anyways but I am a perfectionist which means I have wasted plenty of ink and paper back in the day.
I regret “these good old days” are now cherished only by elders and hipsters, since they actually did bring some good in our lives. There was, in the beauty of uncertainty, a kind of expectation you can only get when expecting Christmas gifts nowadays. Children now use more and more phones, tablets and computer to occupy themselves and I know for a fact I am not the only one to think that, back then, even a pebble was more than enough to open our mind to brand new worlds and adventures. There are many articles available (online, of course) about how people do not get enough boredom anymore to be as creative as they could be.
For the past few weeks, as I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been trying to find new ways of spending "screenless" time at home. Only a few options are really worth the detour but still, you can find below a non-exhaustive list of activities I have been doing or planning to do:
Gardening… just kidding I do not want anymore blood on my hands
Reading (more than I usually would)
Trying to make lists of things to do
Thinking about things to do
Thinking about the weather
Annoying my sister anytime I can
Cooking, or more accurately: watching my mother cook while I try to help but fail helplessly to do so
I know it was not helpful but you read it so you may as well be just as bored as I am.
Here is a great song for your troubles: