As I’ve mentioned, I have been working on improving my life, body, and wellbeing. And so far, I’m doing pretty well.
I have a routine each morning that I’m enjoying right now.
I get up early and drink two big glasses of water first thing. I’ve always known the benefits of drinking water, and the older I get the more I’ve come to realize water truly is the fountain of youth.
After my water, I make a cup of green tea and then sit down at my computer to go over details in my Facebook group, re-read my post for the day, and check my email. Before I know it, an hour (or two) has past and I realize I need to get off my butt electronics and move around.
By 9am I’m feeling pretty accomplished and decide to treat myself to a coffee at one of our local shops. I love that we live in the city and it always feels good to go stretch my legs and walk downtown.
Once there, I usually grab my drink and sit down and look at my phone. It’s usually crowded and the other day I had to bellied up to the bar between a few others and sip my drink while looking at Instagram.
Within five minutes, the gentleman sitting to my left started talking to me. He said, “Isn’t it interesting that we are all on our phones?”. My first thought was, “Can’t you see I’m on my phone!”. And then my brain caught what he was saying.
I looked around and he was right.
Every single person in the room was looking down on their phones. Even those sitting with someone.
He then told me he took his elderly parents out to celebrate his Mother’s birthday, and both his parents were on their phones during dinner.
That one surprised me.
We chatted for some time and when I left, I put my phone in my pocket and walked back home, thinking about what he’d said.
I know most of us spend a lot of time on our phones, but I’m not sure I realized just how much. On most of my walks I’ve had to tell people walking towards me on the sidewalk to look up, before they run into me.
I’ve even seen people walking across the street at a cross walk looking down at their phones.
Last week, John and I went to see Jackson Browne at the Santa Barbara Bowl. It was a great concert that we thoroughly enjoyed. But I was surprised to see how many people had their phones up taking photos or videoing him. It was strange to be watching and listening to him sing through so many screens.
How did we become like this?
I love my phone and take it almost everywhere. But I also know I need to look up and enjoy life around me. Knowing it and doing it are two different things for me, however.
Every day there is another news story about someone who caused an auto accident because of texting or using his or her phone.
John sent me an article the other day stating scientific evidence that cell phone use and blindness have been linked. You can read the article here.
So what do we do about this? Is it even possible as a society to change now?
I’m not sure we can, but I’m going to add this to my list of self-improvements and stop and look up more. How about you?