Disconnect to reconnect

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Picture by Joshua Earle

Over the past decade, the world has become increasingly connected, to the point that most of our social interactions today are happening via digital go-betweens. Surely, it has made the world a smaller place, and it offers incredible opportunities for entrepreneurs like myself to develop their business in a way that could not have been imagined just a few years ago.

But every coin has a flip side. With increased demands and full-time social media management comes digital fatigue. At the end of the day, the body and the mind need to switch off and rest from all solicitations. Until you're woken up at 3am by a newsletter email. If we're to accept the digital age's paradigm, perhaps should we also book a holiday from it once in a while, we should disconnect and look at the world beyond our smartphones.

In Scotland, we are blessed with magnificent landscapes, truly remote and unspoilt scenery, right on our doorstep. The heights of Glencoe are a mere 2-hour drive from Edinburgh's city centre (on a quiet day), and they are there to make us feel small. The romantic and sublime beauty of the Scottish Highland is a humble reminder that this place was here long before us, and will remain long after our data runs out.

So, once in a while, let's disconnect our brains from the machines, emails, devices and digital friends. Let's look at the world, not through a filter but with our naked eyes, and connect with our surroundings. If we disconnect to reconnect, we open ourselves to the authentic, the unexpected. These are the best memories, the ones you record with your heart, not your phone.

Nicolas Loisel