Last weekend, I ran the Rock n’ Roll Half-Marathon in Brooklyn. While it was my third half marathon, it brought about its own unique challenges and moments of major discomfort. Touted as a music-themed race, I went without my normal custom mega mix to best hear the music that would greet me at every mile. Unfortunately, there was only a light smattering of bands throughout, so the majority of my 13.1 miles was spent mostly roaming inside my head. The 2+ hours last Saturday morning afforded ample opportunity to think about challenges.
Mornings are not my favorite. Never one to be described as an early bird, my day often starts with multiple jabs at the snooze button, a bleary-eyed stumble into the shower and conversations composed of mostly grunts and sighs. Despite fully recognizing my lack of love for the earliest part of the day, I still have dreams of being that person that jumps out of bed ready to attack life. To varied success, I have attempted to incorporate this 15-minute routine into my mornings.
What would I do with $30 million? A lot! I can’t even conceive of that amount of money. And certainly not actually being offered that amount of money for a side project turned Internet phenomenon. That is exactly what happened to Elise Andrew, founder of the Facebook page “I F*cking Love Science”. Elise did what most dub as the unthinkable, she refused a $30 million offer to continue the project that brings her joy under how own vision.
At the beginning of the year, I undertook a self-imposed digital detox. For just one week, I wasn’t allowed to look at my phone or computer after 7 pm. I didn’t even make it through the first night without sneaking a peak. This brilliant photo series is a stark reminder just how sad and lonely a phone addiction is. It may be time to attempt that detox again.