A Day in the 1800s

By Kayla Tracey

Guest Columnist

As we finished up studying the transcendentalists for the romantic unit in English last month, my teacher gave us an interesting assignment. She challenged us to go 24 hours without our technology and live a day like the transcendentalist writers we were studying. The assignment was  not exactly living like in the 1800s, but it removed the distractions that transcendentalists did not have.

My class initially met this challenge with protests, but I wasn’t concerned because I felt that I didn’t rely too heavily on my technology. I like being outside, and I am an avid reader, so I figured that I would not have any problems keeping myself busy without technology. And that is what I planned to do when I did my tech-free day. 

Before I did the assignment, I planned out what I was going to do, and I made sure to let people that would contact me know that they would not be able to reach me throughout the day. When I woke up that morning I made sure that my phone was off and that I didn’t take my Apple Watch with me. Since I figured that if I was going to do this, I might as well go all in to see what I would get out of it.

I started off my morning going to my internship at Perfect Paw U and helped them with their barn hunt run-throughs in preparation for the upcoming trial Easter weekend. After spending a couple of hours helping there, we decided that it was such a nice day and we had to get out to do something. So we took our dog Sadie to the park for a walk.

When she was tired of walking we took her home and packed up our bikes to head to the rail trail. One important thing to note here is that I hate running, but I love to ride a bike. Ask me to run a mile, and I will walk away but if you ask me to do a 20-mile bike ride I’ll gladly join. When we got to the rail trail, we started off together, but slowly my family fell behind, and I would have to stop and wait for them to catch up.

Kayla Tracey’s dog, Sadie, enjoys a walk.

Instead of doing this every 5 minutes, I told them that I was going to go and then turn around and come back. By the time that I was 3 miles out and turned around, they hadn’t made it much further from where I left them. So I headed back to the truck and kept going the other way past the parking lot. By the time I returned to the parking lot I had ridden 10 miles.

All throughout the ride, I was hoping that nothing would happen to me since I was alone and did not have a phone with me. This was one of the challenges of the day but other than that, I had a nice day walking, riding my bike, and reading. 

Despite the fact that I did not learn anything new about myself like it was intended, I would still recommend for people to try this. It is a very interesting experience and you may learn something about yourself. What do you have to lose from trying? Take 24 hours of your life and remove all technology- your phone, tv, music, gaming systems, computers- all of it. Who knows? Maybe a “day in the 1800s” will help you may discover a new hobby or learn something new about yourself.

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