This post if for all of you who have officially been diagnosed with the Travel Bug.
Symptoms may include: restlessness, addicted to tumblr travel and beach porn, or compulsively shopping for flights, luggage and bikinis.
Then why hasn’t my grandfather heard about Anxiety Disorders?
Why don’t I know anyone over the age of 35 that has ADHD?
These are questions that I have been asking myself for a long time… And I suspect the answers are much bigger than a simple blog post could ever express – most likely involving complex systems of industrialized working and consumer based cultures – but I digress.
Time is different here in Costa Rica.
In the United States, one of my professor’s favorite sayings is:
“If you’re not early, you’re late.”
Well here in Costa Rica, if you’re on time, you’re early, and if you’re late, you’re on time. Weird, Right?
Yeah, well it totally rocked my world.
After spending some serious time in cities like Paris, New York and Philadelphia, where you have to walk fast just to fit in, I was speeding past the poor Ticas and Ticos (Costa Ricans) on the sidewalks, blazing my way to the next destination.
I would find myself stirring in my seat when we had no plans or a simple trip to the store took me 2 hours instead of 20 minutes.
“Why are we rushing? Are we in a hurry?”
Well, no but…
“Is there something that you have to do later?”
No, not at all, but…
“Just relax, we’ll get there when we get there, but right now, now we are here.”
Words so sweet and smooth, that struck my heart.
Why am I rushing? Why do I need have an itinerary? Why can’t I just enjoy the here and now?
I had never been given the opportunity to think of time as simply that, just time. Something to be enjoyed, something to be spent with loved ones, in beautiful places, in peace.
In the United States, we are not allowed to be at peace.
Peace isn’t productive, and production is King.
In order for us to be as productive as possible, the United States has reduced our lunch hours to 30 minutes, expected our employees to answer emails after work hours, limited vacation time and personal days, and recorded hours worked down to the minute.
Everything has a schedule; everything has a time and a place.
Unlearning fast-pace of lifestyle isn’t easy. It kind of feels like unwinding a chord from around my chest, opening my heart up to the possibilities of the everything – and the nothing – that comes along with taking your time.
The sweet Dutch girl asked me as the airplane had finally pushed off from the ground and into the air. She pulled three packets of tissues out of her carry-on and pushed them into the seat-back pocket in front of me; her nose red from constant blowing.
I swallowed, and shifted in my seat. The last thing I wanted was to be sick.
Social media has alway come naturally to me. As a millennial, social media was just a way of life for me as a grew up along side of it. Myspace and AOL fell away to new giants like Twitter and Facebook, and I followed along with the wave of people.
Throughout my Mobile Social Journalism course, we have been familiarizing ourselves with not only social media, but the way that journalists are able to take advantage of this new medium and to aggregate and disseminate news.
I used to work at a summer camp every summer. It was called Camp Rushford, a Department of Environmental Conservation run camp, where children were able to come and stay for a week in the Allegany wilderness to experience the importance of protecting our environment.
During these weeks, children (well, 11-14 year olds) were instructed to leave their cell phones in their room (not that we had cell service in the Allegany Mountains anyway) and instead were obligated to bring a reusable bottle of water with them everywhere they went.
“Hydrate or die!” Us councilors would always say to the kids who didn’t seem to be sipping their water bottles fast enough. But the fact is, water is essential to the health of an individual. Continue reading “Hydrate or Die.”
Last Friday, our Mobile Social Journalism class had a Skype session with Christina Loman, an Ithaca College alumni who is currently working for Syracuse.com .
Christina’s supervisor Katie Kramer was also a part of this Skype session. She discussed how recently, Syracuse.com made a serious transition, as most newspapers have, from print writing first to digital, online and social media first.Continue reading “What I learned from Syracuse.com”