Nah, it’s not available on the App Store.
Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t an app for everything.
Three Hyper Island students (Caio Andrade, Rafael Ochoa, and Linn Livijn Wexell) came up with the idea of making “Not Available on the App Store” stickers as a friendly reminder to get kids away from the screen and into the real world.
I loved the idea and the simplicity of the message. Also, I am a kid and the type that does more than just listening. Just this morning, I placed an order to get these stickers printed (locally).
Now, I’ll have meaningful messages to stick and or leave behind for all my future travels (which isn’t anytime soon as I’m not travelling for a while).
Although, until that happens, something else had to be done. I selected some of the best moments from my time on Mafia Island (2014–15) and digitally plastered the “Not Available on the App Store” sticker on each one of them and shared it across my social-media.
Mafia? Yes, Mafia. What was originally planned as a two week holiday, ended up being a three month homestay of sorts. I just couldn’t get myself to leave the island, let alone consider going back to this thing called home.
The island made it easy to disconnect from technology, and stay connected to the real world — a natural world. The connected world of nature.
It’s been a little more than two years and I’d like to think of this as a compilation of meaningful moments — a photographic ode to Mafia, its people and the friends and family I made on the island.
Remember, “Not Available on the App Store” isn’t about completely giving up technology or staying away from screens. Nor is it a dig at Apple products.
I see it as a reminder to also do things (and frequently) that go beyond screens, devices and the internet — things that make you step out.
It’s that simple, really.