I don’t enjoy getting up early. I do it even when I don’t have to because my body is conditioned to do so. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it. So there are a lot of days when I will fully utilize the crap out of my alarm’s snooze function. Sometimes this causes me to feel rushed as I’m leaving the house to go to work.
The other day, I left the house in a hurry and realized, as I’d gotten several miles away, that I had forgotten my phone. So I turned around and went back for it. I couldn’t imagine going all day without my phone. Sure, I’ve complained about the lack of strong signal inside the school where I work, but what if there’s an emergency and someone needs to contact me? What if someone sends me an email that I need to reply to right away and can’t get to a computer? What if I get bored and desperately need to play Fruit Ninja?
When I got back in the car, relieved to have my phone safely in my pocket, I thought back to other times when I’d been in a hurry to get out the door. Several times throughout the school year, I’ve forgotten to pack my lunch. It hasn’t happened often, but it has happened more than once. In those times, I’ve realized, just as I realized I’d forgotten my phone, that I’d neglected to plan a midday meal several miles down the road. Since I don’t carry cash, purchasing and throwing away a chef salad is not an option. But did I turn around to retrieve something to eat from home? No. No, I did not.
I think I need to go off the grid for a day or so, just to make sure I’m not so addicted that I’ll go crazy. Obviously, I can’t do this until school ends. But I think it has to happen. No phones. No computers. No Facebooks. No Twitters. And no… *gasp* …blogging. Stay tuned, kids.