At some point along the road less travelled you will find yourself unstuck from the world wide web.
What do you do when you are disconnected from the modern world? No mobile phone, no Twitter, Facebook, emails, shops, TV, radio, nothing. Only you, maybe a book, maybe a beach. What do you do?
You start by taking the time to watch a caterpillar drop down from a leaf, along a strand of silk and hang in the wind. Then watch it casually crawl back up, in no hurry, and tuck itself behind said leaf.
You see a small crab in a foot of water by the shore defend itself, it’s red claws up and snapping like an angry cartoon character as a posse of silver fish circle it. It’s there one second and gone the next, gulped in an instant by the primary predator of the pack.
You forget that you were ever impetuous and learn the true meaning of patience: to wait for nothing to happen.
Perhaps you start to ask yourself profound life questions – the murder of reality and Baudrillard’s Simulacrum, what? – Or do you look at a coconut and wonder if it is the largest nut in the world? Is it a nut? Are all seeds nuts but not all nuts are seeds?
Look at your tummy button, navel gaze, take a bit of flint out and find a grain of sand that was almost hidden from sight.
You can count the freckles on your right thigh, 87. Look at the sea. Marvel at the different shades of tropical.
Use your brain sans Google and invent an alphabet game: A Blue Cloud Decorated Every Far Gone Horizon Inside Jacob’s Kaleidoscope; Leaning Mountains Nearly Overshadowed Paradise’s Quintessential River, Snaking Tenaciously Under Verdant Willows. Xiao Xing Yawned, Zzzzz.
Do you think you are an island unto yourself? Or does your wonder of solitude turn to torture? Are you, after all, a social animal just a little lost without your social media?
You will enjoy it because you know that unlimited time is the most precious resource you have in these days of busy, I’m too busy.
So steal time from your friends and family, because, “Where there are friends, there is wealth,” (Titus Maccius Plautus 250-184BC).
And if you are ever frustrated by ‘island time’ remember this, only relationships overcome time.