So obviously it’s winter and I’ve been reading quite a lot, though I do that generally. Make that regularly. No, wait, all the time! My reading speed and output (number of finished books) also increases dramatically if I have no internet. I morph from a bookworm to a book-dragon. I burn, baby, burn.
I recently came home one evening to discover that my Wi-Fi wasn’t working at all. Anywhere or on anything. The horror. I had to actually phone people.
While waiting for the problem to be fixed, I came up with lots of ideas on how to fill the time (I’m not someone who doesn’t know what to do otherwise, I do have a life outside of watching YouTube, for God’s sake!).
- The aforementioned reading. If you have a list of books you wanted to read, use it. If a book has been lying around on your nightstand like a neglected sandwich, open it. It will not smell and you will experience a sense of achievement, even if you’ll get to read a few pages before the internet switches back on. No, seriously, reading is important and an experience all on its own, regardless of the internet.
- Get rid of old, unnecessary things, like the weird present you got at last year’s Secret Santa (or Schrottwichteln in German. Schrott means crap).
- Take out the trash – there’s always trash.
- Do one household activity you strongly dislike and be reconfirmed regarding your dislike of said activity.
- Stream something. Oh… OK. Pop in a DVD. Do you own DVDs?
- Inscribe and sign birthday cards with creative messages of your own unique invention.
- Cook! Eat! Food!
- Get a colouring book.
- Get some air. Outside of the internetless air of your apartment.
- Talk to the real people in your life. They will understand your pain.