I grew up in northern lower Michigan and am a product of parents that love to both work and play.
I was raised to believe that girls can do anything. My grandmother and mom can do everything from cleaning fish to docking the boat. Gender roles weren’t really an issue.
I was also raised to believe in working hard and following it with frequent and extended recreation. I didn’t know that there were other options.
My career has been defined by the quest for this perfect work-life balance. I spent eight years of my career working six months per year and the next five years working nine months per year.
The most contented moments of my life have been on a deck in rural Ontario. Not really that long ago, but before cell phones, cable television, and the internet reached that space, I would go there for weeks or months. Time was irrelevant. It didn’t matter if I stopped to chat with a neighbor for tens minutes or an hour. It didn’t matter if I had dinner at ten, four, or not at all. The world was light and easy.
I was snorkeling in Lake Huron when the eastern seaboard of the US and Canada blacked out in 2003. We went about our lives for hours before we realized that we didn’t have power. Our neighbors were the same. Once we became aware, we just continued what we were doing. We cooked dinner on the grill and ate ice cream. There was nothing more to be done.
As I sit here in front of my computer, writing this blog, I worry that my children won’t feel the sense of peace that comes with disconnection. I worry that they won’t have the opportunity to just live without timers, alarms, and media.
I wish for my children to have that sense that living is enough. I hope they can quiet the world’s noise and find that sense of peace with place and time.
I see the irony in using technology to bring forward disconnection in our lives. With that being said, I hope that this blog may inspire wanderlust, rambling footsteps, and a bit of quiet in our fast paced lives.
Thank you for joining us in our adventures. I hope you enjoy the ride!