For those of you who may not be aware I ran the Richmond marathon last Saturday (pretty hard to miss with the ridiculous amounts of running posts on my Facebook page). About a half hour after the finish I got some food and began transferring everything into a free bag.
There was only problem
my phone wasn’t there.
The same one that I had been using to take a ridiculous amount of pictures with just a few moments before was no longer there. Which of course means.
- I set my phone down and forgot about it
- I dropped it
- Or my personal favorite, a ninja snuck up and took it right out of my hand 
Quick backtracking to all the places I had been proved my phone was indeed gone for good.
Thankfully I was due for a free upgrade so the phone situation was fixed by 11:00 Monday morning. However this also meant almost two days “off the grid.”
- No tweeting, Facebook posts, or Instagram
- No GPS (had to actually use printed directions to get home, which made me feel like I needed to churn some butter)
- No getting email away from my computer
- And no phone calls or texts from beautiful women asking me out on a date (okay you can stop laughing now)
More than anything the time without a smart phone showed just how much I relied on it
For instance I use mine to:
- Wake up every morning
- Read the news
- Check internet websites
- Sort through emails
- Get directions
- Set a timer for my french press coffee
- Check my schedule
- And occasionally do my Bible Reading (usually this is done with a Bible)
Keep in mind that’s just one hour of the day!
What really worried me was the fact that I instinctively reached into my pocket ten or fifteen times looking for the phone even though my mind knew it wasn’t there.
In the end being without a phone taught me a very important lesson about life; you can survive without technology.
- I made it home safely with printed directions
- The world didn’t end when I went a few days without posting on Facebook
- It’s possible to use an ACTUAL CALENDAR of all things instead of your phone for scheduling
- And you won’t miss much being off the internet
Technology is truly awesome, however losing it shouldn’t be our worst nightmare
- Coincidentally that’s exactly what happened when the right hand mirror of my parents van magically disappeared while driving home from work one night. ↩