I look upon my Christmas break as a sort of a digital detox holiday where I try and get away with the minimum of technology for the festive period. Hence very little access to computers and the writing of blogs etc. I feel that putting the technology down and reconnecting with friends and family for a period is well worth it. Recently a friend told me of how a couple of his friends came back from Canada and Australia for the Christmas. To celebrate they all went out for a round of golf followed by a couple of pints. First thing they do upon sitting down for pints is to whip out their phones to see what is happening in the world. He was annoyed by this and the instituted a phone ban for the night unless it actually rang. The interesting point in this is while they were out on the golf course doing something there was no need to use the technology it was only when they came back inside that it reasserted itself.
My idea then is to spend time doing stuff with my friends rather than sitting inside. Whether this is kayaking down a river with friends or kite buggying on the beach with my family it is the doing stuff together that brings us closer. Therefore my New Year's resolution is to spend less time indoors looking at screens and more time outside looking at the world around me and what it can show me what I can't learn in front of a computer.
In line with this it is lucky that I have committed to two endurance races which necessitate me spending a lot of time outside training. On Saturday evening I had possibly the most beautiful cycle I have ever had around the Cleggan/ Clifden/ Lough Inagh loop. We started at 6 in the evening when it was dark but there was a full moon and not a cloud in the sky. If you can imagine cycling along at 8 in the evening and it being bright enough to turn off your light. The moonlight being reflected off every one of the lakes of Connemara and all the rocks as well. It was about 4 degrees so the clarity was perfect and Mark and I both said that there is nowhere we would rather be.
I have included a couple of pictures of life in the West over the Christmas period.
Happy 2015 to everyone and I hope it is an adventurous one.