I left home yesterday without my phone. For 2 hours. On purpose. I needed to run to the store. My phone was dead, so it got left to charge while I went to the store and then to visit family. Truth be told, I didn't miss it one bit. Okay, well there may have been a moment at my grandparents' when I did, because I wanted to show them a photo. They don't have Facebook or texting like us crazy people.
As I got out at the store, phone-less, I thought, "I wish I didn't have to carry a phone." Have to. Anymore, don't you feel like you have to carry a cell phone? Aside from the fact that I do a decent chunk of things on my phone for my businesses, everything else can wait, right?
Or can it?
I thought that maybe I could leave my phone home on days that I work. I don't get cell service in the building anyway, but what if I get an important phone call? That rarely to never happens, but what if?
What if some freak accident occurs while driving home, or driving out of town, or walking to the park? I would want to have a phone handy so I could make the calls needed.
But then I think, "people got by for CENTURIES without this little device attached to their hips." They found a way.
I hate feeling like I'm dependent on my phone and can't, or shouldn't, leave home without it. I hate that I feel like it's that necessary for day-to-day living. I likely will not go completely phone-free, but I do enjoy leaving it home now and then and not being tethered to it. It's freeing. I feel more free to enjoy myself and what I'm doing, without the interruption of a text, telemarketing call, or one of endless notifications for whoknowswhat. Really, if I didn't have kids I'd probably be more likely to leave it at home most of the time.
What about you? Do you feel like your phone is a third arm sometimes? Do you wish you could do away with it, or have you already? I'd love to hear your thoughts!