The 4th of July has to be the best holiday of the year. We have an entire 3-day weekend dedicated to spending time with family and friends, barbecuing, eating, drinking, warm weather and, of course, fireworks. It really has it all. Yup, Independence Day is most certainly my favorite holiday. (I’ll mark Thanksgiving as a close second, but that’s only because of football, and that’s iffy at best at this point.)
Yet, all this would not be possible had it not been for our predecessors earning independence over two centuries ago. As such, I feel it is only right to pay tribute. This notion of independence coupled with a recent blog post from my colleague Pete spawned an idea, or, in my case, a challenge that I would like to share with you all:
In recognition of the 4th of July, I will be independent from the internet and all associated media for the entire weekend. That’s right; I will be shutting down all of my “connected” devices and not turning them on until Tuesday, July 5th.
For those of you like me who are neck deep in social media, online communities and email every day, I challenge you to do the same. This is one weekend that is all about spending time with folks we don’t see regularly. And while it might be habit to pop-open your email or check-in on Facebook, don’t – use that time for your family and friends. Trust me, it will all be there on Tuesday.
So sign off, log out, shut down and unplug.
Happy 235th birthday United States, and thanks for reminding me to check-in to real life.