My godson Ryan who builds computers for a living and knows everything about the Internet looked at this man in shock, like he might actually be looking at a cave man from the Stone Age. Ryan who has never not known what’s it’s like to be “connected” at all times said, “How is that you don’t own a computer?”

I explained to Ryan that Joe and I lived much of our lives without computers and a majority of our lives without Internet. It’s hard for young people to believe we survived those simpler times. Just like our ancestors before us survived without TV and our ancestors before them survived without radio (gasp!).

I love electronics and I’m grateful for technology but I also realize life is too short to spend it in front of gadgets all day. It’s a constant battle for me to get my teenage sons off the computer but they will thank me someday when they realize their childhood memories include camping and hiking and swimming and running and playing and exploring instead of video games and status updates.

You only get this one life, make some memories with the people you love today! When you can get outside for some fresh air and a game of Frisbee, or a pretty hike, do it…and leave the technology inside. It's good for your body and soul.