On the first Wednesday of each month we have a post with the month’s theme. The month theme is something to think about, journal about, include in your daily intentions, and/or be mindful of all month. It’s also a good topic for folks doing our Page Per Day Challenge.
Recently I went to the big new bookstore at the mall. We have a couple of little book stores in the small town where I live; they are entirely decent. But it had been a long time since I had been to a really big bookstore with a large variety of books, notebooks, pens, and gifts. I felt slightly giddy as I browsed section by section, picking up books to flip through them, and admiring the cover art. I even found a book I wanted to read, and bought it there. I’m sure I could have found it cheaper online, but that wouldn’t be fair to the store where I discovered the book.
Such a simple thing, but that experience made me realize that I buy just about everything online now, because it’s cheaper and I can’t be bothered to take the time (and gas money) to go out and shop in real life. It also made me realize how much I’m missing when I’m not able to browse through the selection, and look at and hold items before deciding whether to buy them or not.
I’m not advocating shopping as a pastime; I hate to shop (except for bookstores and stationery shops, where I could spend all day). But I am advocating spending less time (and energy) online and experiencing things in real life. That’s why this month’s theme is real experiences.
This month, make a point to get offline and experience things in real life. Connect with people face to face. Take a walk in nature. Go to a wine tasting or art gallery. Write in your notebook/ journal. Build something. Try something new. Unplug and focus on real-world experiences.
Challenge: do a different real-life experience every day this month!
The Month Theme comes out on the first Wednesday of each month. You can see all the month themes here.