In an attempt to continue living more simply (and economical) I have decided to…yes, give up my cell phone. This is painful for me. I am always connected. I have always had a cell phone. I had my first candy bar Nokia back in 1997 when cell plans were $9.99/month. I remember being the only one out of my friends to have one! It was the coolest phone, leopard print and all. It was the first Nokia that allowed you to change the faces on it. Networks at the time were sketchy to say the least, and you could only really get bars if you were in a city. Well, cells have come a long way. Now, I don’t think people can imagine living without them. I use my cell for EVERYTHING. I get my work email, personal email, google maps, GPS, Pandora, Facebook, twitter and web browsing ALL on my phone. It keeps me connected to every second of life. The downside is that it costs $80/month. That is almost $1k a year!
Now in my new state of mind, I have been thinking of it differently. As wonderful as it is to have a cell phone, and the convenience of being contacted at any moment to everything, it IS a luxury. Believe it or not, there was a time when people didn’t have cell phones and had to wait to check their answering machines from their land lines to get information, Image? They weren’t so connected all the time. They didn’t miss what was going on in front of them to see what the latest status updates are on FB. Or have to have laws pass to enforce that texting while driving is not a good idea. They didn’t have annoying ring tones interrupting nice dinner conversation, or fumble around before trips to find chargers or chase bars. It’s all kind of silly when you actually break it down.
All this thinking has brought me to my challenge- Two months without a cell phone. If I don’t miss it, I save money and will hopefully find myself living more present in my life. Goodbye old friend. I will miss your fashionably pink skin, backlight buttons, your roll ball and built in camera. I am confident I can live without you.