The day I unintentionally did the smartphone detox

The day I unintentionally did the smartphone detox
Photo by Bianca Spano

The other day I ran out of the house to catch the bus with my oldest son when I realized I left my phone at home.  The bus was coming!  What should I do?  I was so tempted to turn around, go home and get the phone.  They’ll be another bus, right?  The feeling I had was very much like when a woman leaves her purse somewhere.  I panicked!

My son chastised me by telling me to forget the phone (he no longer uses his except for wi-fi on occasion).  I took a deep breath and we got on the bus, but the “what ifs” reverberated through my head.  “What if my daughter tries to call?”  “What if my other son tries to reach me?”  I was determined to shut the “what ifs” off.

Our destination was The Art Institute of Chicago.  We arrived and I let my son lead the way as to what he wanted to see.  I’ve been there before (so many times this past year that I became a member) and my son, surprisingly, never has.

As we started to wander around and make our way through the Renaissance and Medieval exhibits, I would occasionally have a regretful feeling about the phone.  “What a great photo this would make.”  “I could have taken pictures and did a photo gallery for my blog!”  Once again, I took a deep breath and just tried to enjoy myself.  Eventually I did.

My son and I had a great time.  We are both guitar players so we talked about music and the creative process.  He has always been helpful when it comes to my writing and he challenges me and gives me direction when I’m floundering.  I found myself re-charged!

Several of my fellow bloggers are doing a “smartphone detox” as a practice of self-kindness.  When I first read that they were going to do do it, I thought it was an interesting idea, but didn’t think too much more about it.  I had no idea that I was going to dive right in and start with the last thing on the list!

On the day I unintentionally did the smartphone detox, I learned a lesson.  I learned I can be without my phone.  I didn’t miss any calls and I didn’t miss posting to FB that my son & I were at The Art Institute (nah nah nah nah boo boo!).  I did miss taking pictures for my blog and admittedly, I was nervous without the instance access to my other two children and friends.  I almost wanted to find a pay phone and call at least one of my children to let them know I didn’t have a phone, but I didn’t.

Would I intentionally leave my phone at home again?  To be honest, it makes me nervous just thinking about it.

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