The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Once upon a time, long before the Internet became such a ubiquitous part of our day-to-day existence, and long before there was a distinction between the online and offline world, we immersed ourselves in and engaged with the world around us. We heard the birds chirp. Observed the seasons change. Noticed the lint on the stranger’s sweater waiting in line in front of us. We started conversations in the waiting rooms of doctors’ office.

Do you miss it? I do.

I also believe we can turn off the noise machine. We can choose to disconnect to connect with the world around us. With one another. With ourselves. To rediscover the pleasures of the offline world.

I’m Mehret Biruk: On a journey to rediscover the pleasures of the offline world, one unplugged experience at a time. Currently in Toronto, Canada. Some things I love, in no particular order: libraries, hiking, Kanye West, fried noodles, indoor plants, my husband, our fur-son, thrift stores, cooking, The Office, Ethiopian proverbs, minimalism, stand-up comedy, coconut oil, radical ideas, sudoku, and podcasts. 

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