This day was about to be dramatically different. I was leaving my smart phone at home and would not have access to it for 8 days. Yes. 8 full days. No access to texts. No access to emails. No access to voice mail. No access to Facebook. No access to Candy Crush.
(pause while we wait for those that just fainted)
Many of you are just like me. You've been connected since the dawn of the cell phone. I have had a cell phone since 19** and have not left it behind ever. Well, there was this one time (not at band camp) when I got a couple miles down the road in my car and realized it was not with me. YIKES. I turned that car around and went back to get it. I have taken a mobile device with me everywhere since those days in the 90's and this was the FIRST time since I got my first mobile phone that I went somewhere without it.
Here are 5 things I learned:
1. Turns out, it takes about 3 days (for me) to get over a Candy Crush addiction. For the first 2 days, all I could think about during any down time was that I wanted to be clearing those little fruity squares and getting those cherries down to the bottom of the grid. Upon return, I deleted all those games from my phone and have not indulged since. (ie: Candy Crush free since Aug 2, 2013).
2. Books are still cool. I left my kindle at home too (wanted to REALLY be off the grid) so I brought a couple of puzzle books to keep me entertained on the plane and during down times.
3. If I had to go on an old fashioned treasure hunt RIGHT NOW and follow a paper map, it would take me an embarrassing amount of time to figure it out. I have traveled across the country using just an atlas and some state maps purchased at gas stations and now that Siri and Google have taken over telling me where to go, my map skills have waned. Sigh.
5. The hardest part: dealing with my own hurt ego. I was able to go off the grid for 8 days and you know what?
Nothing fell apart.
The city remained standing.
Things got done.
Time went by.
Perhaps that's actually the blessing to be realized. I work with amazing folks that kept my part of the business going and friends that were able to help with the dogs. Everyone should take some time at least once per year to go "off the grid" and get some true rest and relaxation.