I grew up without too many technical distractions. We were free to run out in the gardens, ride the bike all day long, play hide-and-seek and read a lot of books, many of them aimed for the adults knowledge.
As a journalist and social media consultant I appreciate and understand the blessings of 2.0 world, but on the other side, I kept the pinch of freedom that I grew in my childhood that helped me overcome the automatisation and the dependency on various tools. I can go hiking for a couple of hours without worrying who might comment on my Instagram page or if someone is trying to send a message on What's App. As an expat for most of my life and someone that loves to cultivate friendships, I take the blessings of the modern life and appreciate the possibility of connection beyond borders, but I also know that once in a while, the instant conversations can wait because life is happening now.
This creative book by Ilka Heinemann is a reminder to return to the genuine simple life before the phones were taking over our existence. Simple facts as reading a book, planning your future, thinking about where will you be in 10 years, or a ridiculously creative dot-to-dot exercise can happily replace an afternoon spent looking at your screen. (Did you ever notice how many people are hardly noticing the others while walking, if it is not to stumble upon a pram or an old lady while their eyes are glued on the screen of their phone?)
It is an easy to read book sharing simple tips and even simpler life skills - like writing a love letter or remembering the names of the planets in the solar system or write your own bedtime story or sharpen your mind while solving some mathematical operations.
If you are thinking about having a new, more meaningful start into life, use this summer vacations to think about the inspiration of this book. Cheers for the new beginnings!
Rating: 4 stars
Disclaimer: Book offered by the publisher in exchange for an honest review