Today I had a panic attack. Upon pulling into the parking lot at Scooter's to meet a friend for tea, I looked in my purse to discover that I left my phone at home.
Gasp!! I was 15 minutes away from home, and I didn't have time to go get it. A wave of thoughts ran through my mind simultaneously. "I can't text anyone. I can't update Myfitnesspal. When I go to the gym, I won't be able to log my workout. I won't be able to listen to any music! Jack won't be able to tell me what to bring him home for dinner. What am I going to do????"
Then I took a deep breath.
I thought about the fact that today would be an example of what my life was like before having a cell phone.
I had a great conversation with my friend and didn't think about the phone at all.
At the gym, I used my headphones on the elliptical and watched part of a basketball game. The 30 minutes flew by. While I was lifting weights, I listened to the music piped into the gym and noticed that the five other people lifting while I was there had their earbuds in listening to music. There was absolutely no conversation. I could have heard a pin drop. It was refreshing to just focus on my lifts without checking my phone for text messages or changing the song.
When I left the gym, I went to the grocery store with my list that I had written down on paper rather than on the notes on my phone. I breezed through the store and got my husband the dinner we had talked about before I left the house. While I waited in line to check out, I observed what was going on around me. I looked at the magazine headlines and noticed the friendliness of the cashier as he helped the customer ahead of me.
My last stop was to pick up coffee for us, and I knew exactly what Jack wanted so that was an easy stop. I drove home and that was that.
Not only had I survived four hours without my phone, I realized that I don't need to have my phone with me 24/7. Don't get me wrong, I won't be getting rid of it EVER, but I also know that I don't need to be so dependent on it. Life does go on!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.