I’ve been taking the metro more and more these days. Trying to experience the city, and all that it has to offer. It’s such a convenient way to travel! No traffic, on time, clean and so economical!
Last night, I had no idea that my shallow pocket was going to let me down. As I exited the train last, I reached for my phone, and it was gone! Oh man!!! What a bummer! I’ve had many moments of gratitude for my phone, wondering what life would be like without it. I love my phone. It does everything!
I thought I would be devastated, absolutely a wreck, if I’d ever lose my phone. But to my surprise, I wasn’t. I took what steps I could, reported it lost, sent some emails alerting my parents that I wasn’t going to be able to be reached.
To my surprise, I actually have been experiencing a lightness of being today, almost a liberating existence.
I’ve been walking around without a phone. As I headed to the Verizon store to see what my insurance could do for me, instead of reaching into my pocket to check it every 15 minutes, I found myself simply enjoying my surroundings. I didn’t have to make phone calls, or listen to voicemails or podcasts. It’s as if all my senses had been heightened. I walked by a church that I pass frequently, and this time I could hear tap shoes, and lessons being given on the second floor. I’d never noticed that before. I could hear tiny birds in the tree above me, and noticed a nest with the mama bird coming in and out of the branches.
As I rounded the corner, I could smell something sweet like the hint of cookies, I looked up at the sign above the storefront, and I noticed that the restaurant was called, Chinese Food and Donuts. I had to laugh thinking about all the times I had thought it was just a place to get fast Chinese food, but it was more than that. It was the combination of garlic stir-fry and deep fried dough that I realized one could get a donut after the meal. The smell of stir-fry had always overpowered the donut smell, and as I must have been focused on my phone, I had missed the smell of the donuts.
I use my phone for navigation, whenever I need to get somewhere unfamiliar. Today I was having to memorize the address and look carefully at the numbers above the storefronts. I became acutely aware of the different stores and I found myself using my brain to calculate how much further I needed to walk.
Without my phone, I was reminded of the days years ago when I was much more aware of my surroundings. Perhaps losing my phone, was the opportunity for me to pause and appreciate more of my day, and to be present to the moment.
Today I decided to remember this feeling and to detach from my phone regularly. It was such a beautiful day!