Time from time, I observe friends of mine choosing to step away from their phones, FB, or the internet in general. Those who have made this choice have discussed feeling as though they are focusing too much of their time into electronics or the internet and want to step away to reconnect with family and friends. I totally and completely respect this, in fact, I find it incredibly courageous as our world has become so wrapped up in having the internet at our fingers. This day in age, smart phones can do some amazing things; making our lives easier or pulling us away from the direct contact with our family and friends.
I’ve found that for the most part, I’m able to disconnect from my phone, facebook, and the internet as I need to or want to. There are times that I leave my phone at home when I’m out or realize that I’ve been home all evening and my phone has been untouched, in my purse for the last few hours. But, it’s there and it’s there when I need it.
I’ve come to really appreciate the convenience of texting in the last four years of having kids. What I like the most about it, is that I can have a full, complete conversation with a friend without either of us being interrupted to redirect a toddler. But, it’s also an easy way to ask a question and get a response, rather than finding a moment to pick up the phone with two unhappy, hungry kids as I’m getting dinner on the table. It’s been a great way for Chris and I to connect as well, briefly, throughout the day while we are both at work.
However, I have involuntarily found myself “off the grid” for the last several days. I suddenly woke up Friday morning last week and my phone didn’t work. I suddenly, didn’t have service! I couldn’t make calls, send texts, check my email or check facebook in my downtime at work. After a little investigating that evening with T-mobile, Chris and I learned that the initial owner of my used phone, put themselves on a payment plan to pay off the phone. At some point, the original owner of the phone cancelled their service with T-mobile and sold the phone, without paying off the phone. So, apparently, my phone got flagged by T-mobile and they turned off all access to that particular phone. It’s one thing when you CHOOSE to step away from technology, but it’s another when you are blindsided by it happening, without a choice!!
I now feel like I’m in my own little world. I have had to be creative to reach out to others. I find myself sending emails to connect with friends. But, the most challenging part of this is knowing that while I’m at work all day, daycare can not reach me as easily as if I had my phone. I can’t text Chris as I’m walking out the door at work for us to briefly connect. I’ve hardly spoken with my mom in the last week (we usually talk daily or every other day). I also miss exchanging those simple conversation with my closest friends to connect throughout the day.
Surprisingly though, it’s working out okay. The individual who sold us my phone, refunded our money and I have a new phone on it’s way. I have been able to connect with some friends after putting my SIM card in Chris’s phone to send texts or make calls from my plan. Daycare has been very responsive to emailing me at work. I feel like I’m back in the 1990s, phoneless. The only difference, I don’t have a LAN line to use at home to gab for hours and hours with friends as I did in the ’90s back in HS. Although I’ve made it work the last week, I’m really looking forward to having a working phone again. Have you ever tried to disconnect from your phone for awhile?