I recently had a minor accident which left me spending a number of days at home. Fortunately it was nothing serious, but still my mobility was restricted as I could not sit, stand or move around too much for a few days. I had to give up on my daily fitness routine, cancel my group fitness classes, postpone a number of in-person appointments… and be on sick leave for the first time in my life. I had no idea how I was supposed to spend even a day of inactivity. Now, a week later, I can say that it had been a surprisingly positive learning experience. And here’s why:
– It made me realize (once again) how mobile has been transforming our lives.
We keep on hearing and talking about mobile and how it’s changing our everyday lives. I have spoken myself about the power of mobile technology quite a few times, but I had never felt it more than I did this week. In the days after my accident my mobile devices made all the difference. I was able to talk, work, present, write, read, share, comment, watch videos… without leaving my bed. I was doing that before when I was on the go, but not even having the option to use desktop brought a whole new dimension to it. It has been an eye-opening experience of how technology enables us to do more and truly changes lives. Speaking of change, it was exactly this week (after months of waiting) that I received my Fairphone (a smartphone endeavor putting social values first and trying to change the way smartphones are made – if you haven’t heard of it, I encourage you to read the story). What a coincidende, uh?
– It showed me (once again) that it’s all about people and purpose.
This one sounds very trivial, I know. Nonetheless, I believe it’s always worth pointing it out. The people I am surrounded with and the sense of purpose have been the two main sources of motivation and inspiration for me, even more so in the last days. While technology is a great enabler, it is really the people and our purpose that move and inspire us to action.
– It made me take time for other activities.
I couldn’t exercise for a few days. I couldn’t teach my group fitness classes. I couldn’t commute to work. Yes, all of this was unpleasant, but it also left me with a whole lot of time. A sudden surplus of time was somewhat scary so initially I struggled figuring out what I could possibly do with it. Then, it just happened naturally… I focused on my nutrition, spent more time reading, talking with my family and friends, thinking about what matters to me. Now, feeling almost fine and about to go back to my usual schedule, I am determined to make more time for exactly this.
While the cause for my inactivity was disstressing, this week has taught me more than I could have imagined.
What was your last eye-opening experience?