I’ve been to the backcountry of my mind—but not this year. This year I drove to the trail head and spent 5 months doing dough-nuts in the parking lot.
The Internet is to blame. New hermit rule—no Internet in the hermitage.
The thing with the Internet is you are never alone and without solitude you always just hang out on in the front country of your mind.
The decision to turn off the Internet has been assisted by my laptop dying—and this one is not under warranty. Since my laptop is also my entertainment system, it means no music, no videos, no spider solitaire.
There are some logistical problems with living a life without a computer. Like loading my GPS for hikes, getting maps, and ordering stuff. But I’m happy and excited to be returning to a life of peace and solitude.
I’m writing this from the public library in town which gives me 2-30 minute sessions a day–no loitering on this Internet.