I have been completely iPhone free for about a week now. No, this was not my choice. It was stolen at a furniture store as I sat my butt to and fro on all different furniture sets trying to help a friend choose the perfect comfort/stylish set for his apartment. And yes, I do plan to replace it as soon as I can. However, I feel a sense of gratitude- like I’ve finally been released from my social media duties and my constant phone check for text messages and emails. My week has been a pretty blissful throwback to my first cell phone in 2004. Which entails: five saved contacts, limited minutes and slow texting because T9 is hard again.
Right before I had my shattered iPhone 5S taken from me, I was battling this weird guilt in my heart like I was the one stressing my day to day life by expecting this hand-held computer to entertain my every second. I’d sit there and look through pinterest or instagram and not even care who or what was around me. I used it to entertain myself at stop lights, in traffic, waiting in lines, while Daniel went to the bathroom during dinner at a restaurant, while I walked through the store, sitting around with friends, trying to fall asleep, the first thing when I woke up, watching TV, getting ready- it had consumed me (like the humans from Wall-E). I felt like life was moving so much faster than it should because my every moment was being consumed. I usually did this to make time go by faster. And what kind of life is that? I don’t want to be so dependent on something so materialistic. I literally made the choice to not go out and do something last weekend because I wouldn't be able to pull up directions as I was driving there. And while I do have an iPad, I made a point not to use it like I would my cell phone because I literally wanted to detox my brain. That’s probably being dramatic, but I felt like that was happening. I’ve read three books in four days. I’ve scrubbed a bathroom and kitchen. I looked around outside at stop lights. I didn’t pull out the flip-phone while driving. I’ve relaxed.
That being said, I am not a crazy, anti-media maniac. In fact, I will probably be ready to have it back asap, however, I've just been thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to not be on my iPhone every waking moment. When it is finally replaced, I hope I remember how good it feels to not be so caught up with what everyone/thing is posting.
I'm Alyssa, thanks for stopping by! A few things: I enjoy laughing, making youtube videos and thrift shopping. Currently listening to "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire. I like my coffee black and my preferred method of maxin' & relaxin' is with my husband and pup.