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Here is a re-post from one of my other blogs about my anxiety of being phoneless, originally posted last month:
March 4, 2017
Day 3 of no cell phone. Cancelling my Mount Hood climb up/ ski down event that I was leading for NW Wilderness yesterday was a bit of a relief. It's a challenge to coordinate these outings without a phone. Though I was bummed that the mountain weather was too extreme for my friends and I to play on the slopes... What could beat sitting inside a Sprint repair store for 3+ hours on a sunny Saturday instead? Blah.
Grumbling aside, being phone-free has ultimately been a calming experience for me. But first, I had to overcome the expected anxieties:
- My friends are gonna think I'm either a flake or a jerk for not texting them back (some of them apparently followed up on Facebook, which I also can't check when I'm away from WiFi).
- How will my loved ones get ahold of me in an emergency, or if they need me for something?
- I have plans with my surfing buddy and also hiking/climbing friends this upcoming week... How will any of them let me know if something comes up?
- I already miss my Twitter friends.
- How many Instagram friends will I lose from not posting my daily Instagram Story pics?
- When I'm away from WiFi, how will I even message my overseas friends to plan our international trip for next weekend?
Looking back at this list, it's embarassing to see how overly social I am. It's silly. And it's sobering to realize how much I kill myself to stay in touch with the people I love.
Everything will be alright. I'll see my friends when I see them. In the meantime, I'm gonna enjoy being offline.
|From my Instagram Story: The latest winter adventure I led for NW Wilderness was, ahem, eventful.|