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While I Was Away

Catalina 2

DAY ONE: Two Harbors, Catalina. View from our moored boat.

I did not check email. I did not read a book. I did not check my Twitter. I did not stalk Facebook. I did not keep my phone with me. I did not watch television. I did not think about my blog. I did not think about work. I did not have a computer. I did not have internet access.

And I didn’t miss it.

I chose to remember that life isn’t always about being connected, trying to stay up to date with all the latest news, trying to keep up with every last thing. I chose to remember that it’s important to sometimes look up and see that there is a sky that is blue during the day and filled with stars at night. I chose to remember that there is life out of doors. I chose to remember that there is a bigger world out there, far more vast than the very small one in which I live.

Catalina 1

DAY ONE: Two Harbors, Fourth of July Cove, Catalina. Solitude doesn’t mean being completely isolated.

I chose to appreciate the beauty of the world outside. I chose to remember that sometimes I need to live outside of my head. I chose to remember that not everyone spends all their time racing to be somewhere, desperate to meet deadlines, anxious and worried and exhausted.

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DAY TWO: Good wind means keeping a nearly 180 degree angle to the water and hanging on. Good times!

I decided that being afraid to take a chance is silly. I decided that living outside of my comfortable little world is okay. I decided that holding myself back is not.

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DAY THREE: Two Harbors, Catalina. 6:30ish a.m. Mild wind and clear skies make for a chilly but beautiful morning.

I found out that waking up to see the sun rise from a boat on the water is one of the most beautiful things in the world. I discovered that quiet and solitude aren’t bad things. I learned that there is nothing more amazing than sleeping under the stars and waking to a cloudless sky. I realized that there is more to life than existing.

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DAY THREE: Morning greetings from a curious sea lion.


I love reading and blogging and talking books. But I don’t want to spend all of my days and nights tethered to a computer. I want to spend more time walking beneath the stars, at the ocean, in the real world.

I want to leave my phone, television, computer behind more than just every once in a while. I don’t want to forget that there’s this amazing and beautiful world out there if I just look up. And I don’t want to spend my life wishing I could have… seen it, been in it, lived it. As far as I know I only have this one life and I want to miss out on as little as possible with whatever time I have remaining.

I’ll still be here. I’ll still be reading and falling madly in love with books. I’ll still be talking about them. But maybe not quite as much and definitely with a stress-free mindset.

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DAY THREE: The trip home.

4 Responses to “While I Was Away”

  1. smiling_ina says:

    OMG What gorgeous, gorgeous pictures, Rachel!!! You have no idea how much I envy you!!! I’m so glad you had such an amazing time and made it back home safely. I’ve always loved the open sea myself and have always wanted to live on a house boat or something. I’d love to go on a two week cruise somewhere. I don’t own a phone, but I could definitely live without the internet for a while – less drama and stress. 😉

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Thanks Ina! I’m a horrible photographer, lucky the world is so gorgeous it can’t help but look beautiful. It was just for a class, but living aboard a boat was amazing. I would love to someday go to the BVIs and charter a boat for a week with the Dude and just live on it for awhile, anchored or moored somewhere. And ah being internet and television free was so relaxing. I hope you get to live aboard a house boat for a while someday!

  2. Look like you had an amazing time. Pictures are wonderful and so is your narrative. Bet it was nice to be disconnected for a bit from the tech world.

  3. Seriously this looks marvelous. I love that you take the time to enjoy your life. To be outside and see what is there!

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