So this morning I had cell phone issues. It would be a few hours before Verizon could fix the problem. I was okay with that because I figured I could go a few hours without it.
What I wasn’t counting on was my reaction to its absence. I’m pretty sure a few times I started to hyperventilate. I had zero access to my emails, facebook, twitter, tumblr, texts, and phone. So yeah. I’m pretty sure a few times I almost went crazy.
I didn’t realize until it was no longer tethered to me how addicted I am to my Droid. And when I say addicted, I mean, Addicted With a Capital “A”. I kept reaching for it. Every sound made me think I had a message to check. Every question made me want to verify information online.
It’s a good thing I was alone for most of the morning. For those who were with me, I’m sorry I drove you crazy. That may explain why I was alone the rest of the time…
But after a while (okay, a looong while), something happened. I stopped reaching for my phone. I found myself paying attention to things beyond my immediate reach. Did you know that other cars have vanity plates? Or that dogs actually walk people, not the other way around? These, and more, are things I’d forgotten.
There’s so much more beyond the digital world (Shhh! Don’t tell my laptop that!). Without being chained to my Smart Phone, I took a look around, not just down.
And you know what?
It’s a beautiful world.
Of course, hours later, my Droid returned home safe, sound, and better for the temporary absence. We both were.
And Frankly, My Dear… that’s all she wrote!
What would you have a hard time giving up, even temporarily?