Leave it on the counter.
Leave it on your nightstand. Leave it on the table, but just leave it, next time you can, and embrace the uncertainty that comes when you step outside the cloud.
We spend so much time and coin on connecting: on wireless routers, smart phones, and Twitter-enabled TVs, a dozen slick toys for the sole purpose of keeping us online. Every new piece of tech that rolls down the pipes has just one goal in mind – to tether us to our internet connections, and to make sure we can tweet, talk, and text from wherever our feet might take us.
But what if you forgot your phone for a day?
You might feel out of the loop.
You might feel weird.
You might also feel free.
You’ll remember, a few hours in, how this used to be normal. You’ll remember how you used to spend hours outside with dirt on your fingers and grass stains on your clothes. You’ll admire every color along the skyline, and then you’ll notice the quiet – this strange kind of calmness that stretches from the empty space in your pocket to somewhere deep in your skull.
You’re still out of the loop. That’s okay. You’d rather live your life, you’ll think, than read someone else’s tweets about it. You’d rather be happy with what’s left behind: you, yourself, and your relationship with the world around you (the world, by the way, that matters most).
Walk without the wire.
Embrace an entire day without a phone to fall back on, and embrace then what those twenty-four hours really are: a day with no distractions, no escape routes, and no chances to miss every incredible thing around you.
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