Well, we’re finally back online and boy has it been a trip! The ice outside began freezing over about 7pm yesterday and finally began making its descend back to the ground in its liquid form around 10pm this morning. As this storm passed, and we were running around the house, trying to keep the „normality“ of our everyday lives within our grasps, and finally giving in and going to bed without power, a charging cell phone nor a bright TV in our face, it occured to me that „I hadn’t done that in a while.“ It was ingivorating to say the least.
Today, after spending a couple more hours, without any power, of sitting in the dark in our living room, my everyday life slowly began to nag at me and I bundled up and make the trek to work. While my iPhone charged in my passenger seat and the radio was turned off (actually, I had forgotten about it), I couldn’t take my eyes off of the winter wonderland around me. Glass trees and glistening branch chandeliers hanging off of the power lines passing over me transformed the green and brown camoflauge that I usually pass by monotonously each and everyday when I make my commute. The blue sky and sun shining sent waves of color through the icicles hanging from the underside of the powerlines and it was like being in a real world Frozen. It was only until I would see an uprooted tree with its red clay mixed with brown dirt that I came rushing back to my flying seat in my SUV.
Thinking about all these natural gems reminded me again of the „humble life“ we lived throughout the night and how being so connected has blinded us to the everyday magic that can occur without having to create it in an animation on a computer screen or watch it in an IMAX theater. Having to live without a connection demanded that we go back to the „raw“ of life and start fresh instead of „opening where we last saved.“
This may not always be the conclusive mindset of everyone stuck in an ice storm in Georgia or a blizzard in Boston, but the next time you get a chance to unplug or „accidentally“ leave your phone at your house while you go to the grocery store, take the risk and feel the freedom!