I’ve been here for 20 days now and getting adjusted hasn’t been too difficult. Having experience being in England before, I didn’t expect the culture shock to effected me that much, and it really hasn’t. However, there are some little things that I’ve needed to get adjusted to.
The internet at the church and flat is not always 100% reliable. When it works, it works perfectly and there is no issues. But there are few hours here and there and almost entire days that it seems to decide to just stop working. Which would be frustrating no matter where I was.
But because of that I’ve been finding myself consuming less visual and digital media. Most of the movies I own are on the cloud, and where I’m from in the States where we have great internet all the time there is no problem with that. But here, I have to download a movie on my hard drive to make sure I can watch it all the way through.
It’s honestly no big deal, but it’s just something that I have found I’ve needed to get readjusted. But, the interesting thing is instead of consuming all that media visually I am reading, journaling, writing, and listening to music more. I really didn’t realize how much TV, movies, and internet videos I watch. Even with my phone I realize how little I use it to actually connect with other people.
I wouldn’t say that there is any withdraw, but I have definitely found that those types of media are my go to when I am bored or idle.
Luckily, I already have seen a silver lining in all this as now another reason I am excited about this is that I will be able to use these 4 months as an exercise in simplicity, which is something that I have wanted to move more towards. I’m looking forward to the idea of living with less.
Less You tube
Instead now I have time for things that are more important.
Time with God
Slowing down the pace of life
Connecting with People