Yes, phoneless. Not foodless, clothesless, or waterless. Phoneless.
Did the first make you a little bit more anxious than the rest? Don’t worry. It did for me, too.
At the same time, Save The Children asked if I was brave enough to endure a ‘Phoneless Friday’ and I couldn’t really decline; the campaign encourages people to get together with their friends and make it through one day without a phone. Modern comfort zones, be gone!
In retrospect, I probably wouldn’t have chosen a day where I was travelling half way across the country to a place I had never been.
Alas – I woke up, pulled out a notebook, and kicked it old school.
If I had a question, “OK Google” was not an option. If I saw something a wanted to take a picture of, I had to whip out my DSLR. If I wanted to get in contact with someone, I…well…pretty much couldn’t.
Instead, I put pen to paper for every potential tweet, question, or to do list-worthy thought I had come to rely on my phone for. As you can see (I truly encourage you to read all four ridiculous pages).
In all seriousness, I found the challenge one of positivity and self-awareness. It made me feel more connected to my environment, the people I was with, and the experiences I had. As one wise woman wrote (ahem in the pages of this very post ahem), you don’t have to be connected to feel connected.
Enjoy the fruits of my genuine labour, sign up here, and let me know if you think you’ll get on any better or worse than I did.
Probably should have invested in a few maps and backup plans beforehand, though.