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?