In keeping with this week’s theme I left my cell phone at home, today. It is not important I have a phone with me all the time. The only reason I might need to respond urgently is if there is a family emergency. It is of course useful to have my phone on the drive to and from work in case something happens. Mostly the messages I receive are friends sending jokes or wanting to say hi. I do get the occasional last minute lunch invitation but even then my friend can’t really complain if I don’t respond immediately.
Yet is a sorry reflection of the world we live in that I feel lost without my phone. I can still remember a time before cell phones. Showing my age now. I only bought my first cell phone after I left university and started work. During university we had to be more organised with where and when we were meeting. I can remember at least one occasion when I had to return home because the meeting did not take place only to discover a silly misunderstanding after a few phone calls.
I keep telling myself that it is a good thing to go the odd day without my cell phone. A good way of ensuring I do not get too dependent on technology. After all it is only recently that I invested in a smart phone with all the extra features such technologies offer. For years I managed just fine with a phone that could just be used to make phone calls (erm supposedly the main function) and send texts. Jokes were sent via email or shared on facebook.
I am however reminded that I need to make sure my Mom knows my office number. I should really be going to pilates tonight but I am feeling lazy today. I thought perhaps I would stop on the way home and do some shopping instead. Then I realised I had left the phone at home. Now I am thinking of leaving a bit early and heading home. You never know, perhaps there is an important message on my phone.