I can’t express how much I love it. As a get away to relax and not be hindered by life, modern or otherwise, it’s perfect.
It is, like most of Scotland, incredibly beautiful. Mountains, peaceful shorelines, covered in thousands of shells – nature and wild life thriving without constant human hassle. I’m quite certain there are more sheep than people… then theres the birds, red squirrels, more sheep, buzzy things, seals, dolphins, otters, deer – it really is magical.
Needless to say phone reception is poor, so you can imagine the cellular internet is near enough nonexistent – and yet, rather liberating. How often do we get to go phone-free in modern life, for half an hour, half a day, let alone half a week. It’s only when I’m here, cut off from the world, unable to be bothered, unlikely to see another soul, I start to reevaluate everyday life. The rushing and the hassle and the needless stress and remember to appreciate nature, calm and curiosity.
And yet on the ferry back I realised something. Well I actually noticed something. The two-year-old in front of me, returning from the island with her parents was stood on her seat. I watched her have an Ipad pushed into her hands and was told to sit. Now I’m a happy, still curious 26-year-old and I love being on that ferry. It’s as close to excited as I get – I’d go as far as to say it’s better than being on a plane. It’s huge, numerous decks, indoor, outdoor, windows, a beautiful view, a curious environment, a cafe, restaurant, masses to explore. If I wasn’t so tall, I’d have likely been stood on my seat.
Every child I saw, from the age of 2+ was adjoined to an iPad – much like most adults. It’s rotten. If parents or children want to sit still they could make use of toys, books, pens. I get the convenience of an Ipad – its multi functional. But it is also without requirement for imagination and emits radiation. Too things that really concern me in the development of children. If a child is not encouraged to entertain their imagination and curiosity what hope do they have as adults.
Social interaction, conversation, I spy, exploring their environment (with their parents of course) are so crucial in building a child’s understanding of the world. It really can’t be postponed or shushed with an Ipad.
For the love of peanut butter, play I spy.