By: Aric William
Okay, sure. You probably read the title w olto eh el genoon dah w 3awagto bo2oko… Hear me out. Don’t be close minded, and don’t let your opinion restrict you from thinking about what I have to say.
Technology has taken over everything today. There are so many things that make us go back to technology, and that’s okay. Technology has made our lives easier, but it also destroyed them. I am not going to tell you to drop your phone and live the moment because that’s what everyone will tell you. I’m here to open your eyes to a wholly different topic.
Now, I’m no biologist, and as a matter of fact, I suck at science, but here’s what I know.
The Prefrontal Cortex is a part of your brain that controls the executive functions of the brain. Men el a5er, your “impulse” or your natural behavior. Now, tell me if I’m wrong, which I am pretty sure I am not. Tell me you don’t reach into your pocket for your phone in a moment of silence, awkwardness, or boredom. I do it. You do it. We all do it. We all turn to our phones whenever we need to be entertained. And sometimes, it doesn’t even work. Here’s why:
How many times have you watched a movie, for say like Grown Ups, and thought that it looked like fun? Besides the fact that it’s a movie about the summer, and summer is fun, Adam Sandler and his friends had one shared trait that is very lacking in our community today.
I love spontaneity and live for spontaneous behavior for one reason and one reason only.
Let me tell you a story. This years summer, the summer of 2017, started off really slow for me. I did what most people do and slept in for the first few days of summer. I, akeed, felt bored. I went straight to my laptop and surfed the internet for “Fun Things To Do In The Summer”, and I did nothing. I read articles and watched videos, but nothing. That’s because I had no drive. I had no reason to do these even though the biggest reason was right in front of my eyes. I was bored out of my mind. That’s when I decided to do something differently. I took an Uber from my chalet to beach with surfboards.
Keep in mind, I have never surfed in my life.
I went to the beach, and it was blackout dark, and I saw nothing. Begad teftekero en heya kessa men film laken begad, I am this dramatic. I held a surfboard I borrowed from a friend I met earlier in the summer, and here I was. I stood in the middle of an almost entirely empty beach hearing the screams of people having fun and the sounds of the waves crashing into each other and onto the shore. Rasamt el saleeb w olt “here goes nothing”. Ana begad dramatic, but that’s not the point.
I took the board and walked closer to the freezing shore. The waves weren’t that intense, but there were some serious waves that could tumble you to the shore. I took the board and paddled to the middle of somewhere where I could barely see the shore. The waves kept on carrying me and the surfboard with them close to the shore. I heard a monster wave coming, and just so you know, you should never take a monster wave during your first ride. I paddled towards the shore keeping in mind every movie where surfing was involved; everything from Teen Beach Movie to Soul Surfer.
At that moment, and I don’t know if you can relate or not, but I felt this rush. I felt adrenaline rush through my blood, and I wanted nothing but this. For the first time in two years, I felt so much energy and so much happiness. I wanted nothing more than to be in the water. I forgot about my sick dog. I forgot eni dajdejt my phone screen in the morning. I didn’t care about how cold the water was or how late it was or how I’m going to be sick the next day. I only cared about this spontaneous moment. This single moment when I was riding and gliding through a wave of water. This spontaneous moment where all the poor energy, stress, anxiety, and hatred that I had in me has been turned into a positive, energetic drive and rush.
Even though it was extremely fun, I don’t want you to think enn it was all fun and games. I took a wave that tumbled me to the shore and seriously injured my shoulder. But you know what..? I felt no pain. Perhaps, having a possibly dislocated shoulder, you’d think I’d be agonizing over the pain. But… I didn’t. I went home with a smile on my face and a lesson well learned.
Now, I’m not here tryna tell you to go surfing. What I wanted you to take away from this really long article is to be spontaneous. I am not telling you to be spontaneous everyday. If you can, good for you! GO AHEAD! You’ll realize how much getting out of your comfort zone is so much better than having the same routine everyday.
Be spontaneous every once in a while. Get out of your comfort zone. You know that ledge at your school you’re not allowed to get on? Get on it. Break the rules (at your own risks, ana maleesh da3wa lol).
Next time you feel like reaching for your phone in a moment of silence or boredom, start a conversation, play a game, take a break from the internet and take advantage of the world around you.