No phone? Could you survive

Earlier this week Isla and took a little road trip to Noosa for a swim at one of my favourite places. I packed the car making sure we had everything for our trip, except one thing. My phone. After driving for twelve minutes I realised that I had left my phone in the charger at home on the bench. I wanted a full battery so I could take some pictures to share with you all.

So I freaked out. Was I to turn the car around and wind our way back up the mountain to go and get my phone? Honestly what did people do with out them. Well. I am stubborn so needless to say I kept my hands on the wheel and continued forward.

The whole drive to the beach was filled with a little fear. The what if’s crept in. What if we had an accident, what if the car broke down and what if Isla and I wanted fish and chips for lunch – where would we go? If it were just me in the car I don’t think I would have cared too much, I can always walk somewhere to get help if my car broke down. Having an Isla would make it a little trickier.


So why do I have a phone? When I was in high school about to embark on going to schoolies my folks got me a phone. It was for just in case reasons. So if something were to happen I could give them a call. Since that day the phone became an emergency lifeline. I hardly used it yet I took it everywhere just-in-case. My folks call every week to say hello and to check up on me since I left home and that is one phone call I know is coming. Sunday 7.30/8pm

Over the years I started to use my phone more to meet up with people. It became a way to connect with others and the day I learnt to text – wow. It was still cheaper (free) to call after 8pm to certain networks so I would tend to store my conversation until 8pm and then call. I might be classed as a cheap-skate at that comment. I would like you to know I was a struggling full-time student with a full-time job to support myself.

It was about five years ago I upgraded that old nokia I received in high school for a new version which played music. Yes phones can play music now too. Fancy. I loved that thing, I could take it to the gym and listen to tunes and still call someone to help me off the ground if I had come off my bicycle. My attachment to my phone started here. I had a music device and a phone in one.

Two years ago. I decided it was time for me to get an Iphone. Yes curse me if you need but I love it. Honestly it is my portable computer. Still I don’t use it very often to call people or even text. I do use many apps, check my email, take photos and well occasionally kill zombies with plants. I can’t seem to live with out my phone anymore, I take it everywhere and it does so many things.

Sitting on that beach I realised that I had made it like I did when I was still in high school with out a phone. I drove to the beach, had a great time and then returned home. I did tell someone where I was going so if I didn’t answer my phone that night Roy would know something was wrong. Yes Roy and I speak briefly on the phone each day when he is in PNG. It use to be a few times while he was away, to every two days and now every day. There is a little girl in our life who we share so much love for and we convince ourselves that our mortgage is getting paid off faster. Mostly it is great to hear a comforting voice.

I survived without my ‘just in case’ emergency phone next to me for the morning. However I don’t think I could live without it entirely.  I can spend days not using it but then I see something and then snap I take a photo to share. Plus you never know about the ‘What If’s’.

How would you go without your phone?

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  1. Jo @Countrylifeexperiment

    We have no mobile phone reception at the farm, and our landline gets regularly knocked out in storms. Last year we had no phone at all for 4 weeks. We do have a 2 way radio for the fire brigade, and that gets us through for local calls. I would often have a list of calls to make when I was in town because that was when I could call.

    • That’s amazing Jo. Do phone boxes still exist then? I don’t think I have seen one in ages. I might see where our closest one is. I remember that they use to be everywhere.

  2. I left home the other day and realized I had left my phone at home and often we (the kids and I and my family) talk about phones and when you used to come home and listen to the answering machine and ring your friends back and they may have gone out so you then leave a message. Also I remember when our big accounting firm bought two mobile phones for $4,000 each and they looked like a car battery with a handset on top. We thought it was so amazing you could ring the boss when he was out of the office. These days my children at age 11 and 8 have never used a public phone nor really know what they Re about and in fact where are they. I remember the red telephone booths and you out you 20 cents in to make a call. These days I’m sure a public phone may or may not take change and it might probably use a credit card instead I don’t know. In some ways modern technology is amazing and convenient and in other ways someiptimes we are too assessable. With children at school you would never not have your phone in you in case something happened. I agree that it’s a comfort “just in case” and as a mother it’s more comforting than ever. Wonder what your daughter will be using when she is a mother?? Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

  3. I often got without my phone when camping. I don’t mind it, but then I get a small amount of reception and notifications come through, then I’m desperately trying to catch up. Sometimes it’s lovely just to turn it off and go without.

  4. I have an old nokia flip phone and I use it for … phone calls. okay, it’s my alarm in the morning too. I wouldn’t get in the car without it, but that’s for safety reasons (when I travel to and from my parents’ place, there’s not a phone box in site). but i’m not that invested in my phone. I could probably live without it (i’d have to buy an alarm clock).