Today I did it...I left the house without my mobile phone for the first time in 10 years...Ok, I may have forgotten my phone now and then but this was different. Today I decided not to take my phone with me, and you know what...The world is an amazing place. I saw trees, kids playing, the street, people. I even heard the birds singing.
Now I know this might sound stupid but I think we are all guilty of living in the Internet world or as you will digital age, and it really isn't a bad thing. But I think we have forgotten how to live life without a phone.
Someone the other day was lost and they asked me if I had a real map...A REAL MAP!!! AN ATLAS (are they still in production?). I can still read one, but if you would ask a post 90's child If they could, then they would most likely say, WHATS A MAP? OR GOOGLEMAPS?
Another thing is the urgency that phones bring to our lives. For example. If I get a message while driving. I have this gravitational pull towards my phone and then before you know it, there it is again, in my hand. The PHONE.I mean what is so interesting on the phone that we are willing to put our lives and others at great risk, just to read the next Whatsapp or Facebook message. It can wait till later surely.
So now I will leave my phone at home for one day a week. I have decided on Thursday. Thursdays is the day when the least amount of things are happening in my life. I think if you decide to follow this message pick a day when you know you wont miss much or get too much temptation to relapse into looking at your mobile phone. For example if you pick a Friday or Saturday and those are your active days then no one will be able to get in touch with you and most of your plans might actually be on the weekend. So there's a few tips to help wean you off your phone addiction. This will be a hard journey especially how I'm now making money online.
Another reason why I want to do this is because I feel people have become very disconnected with each other and it is very sad. I was in Japan recently and I couldn't believe how everyone was more interested in something happening on their phone than what was going on around them. It was a real eye opener for me. It's not just Japan either. I have witness this in Brazil, the UK, Germany, America etc.Plus the things that your phone can tell you. It knows where you work, How the traffic is along the route, Where you parked your car, and much more. Phones are helpful but I feel they are becoming very intrusive and not the extension that they are meant to be.
I really want to revert back to some of the natural things in life. To enjoy the scenery of my surroundings and to talk to real people and maybe when we exchange numbers next time, then I'll be able to save it to my internal memory and not on the 2 of the 32GB I have left on my phone.
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