I’m not exactly the super connected kind of guy but, as we are all are nowadays, I indeed spend some time looking at my phone.
The other day, for no reason, I left my phone at home.
I like to walk, maybe that is one of the reasons I like so much street photography.
Walking around, with no direction, just feeling the street passing by.
The fact is that I realize a huge difference.
I’ve always thought about the modern scene where all people around you have their heads down to their phones instead of looking in front of them and appreciate what like can give them.
People walk looking at their phones.
The saddest scene is a couple sited in a restaurant and both of them looking at their phones.
This is indeed a depressing scene to me.
I notice that having no phone made me feel awkward for some time.
I felt that something was missing.
After a while I started to feel a profound freedom.
Again, I’m not the most connected kind of guy but, having no vibrations or sound coming out from my pocket or the impetuous of reaching the screen of this gadget gave me time to focus on my path.
After a while I was deeply immersed with the world, with no other thoughts.
I know that this can sound crazy because it is so easy to do and so obvious but I really noticed that the absence of this object from my pockets set me free.
I would like to invite you to do the same.
I’m sure you will rediscover life or at least something.
When you are in the metro or in the bus, when you stop for a coffee or just a glass of water, when you eat something, these are all classical moment where people reach their phones to occupy their minds and sometimes to protect themselves from the external world.
You know what? You don’t need to protect yourself from the world, just embrace him!
You will be surprised by the huge amount of this you will notice, even if it’s your everyday route.
There’s a lot of things around us that we never take the time to simply notice.
Obviously not all of them are a game changer in life but to perceive a game changer thing you must know what is not.
The cigarette it is also a protection from the world. Maybe many people smoke just to have something between them and the people.
There’s a lot of nonsmokers that just smoke when they are in a night out. Maybe it is a way to avoid the sensation of not knowing what to do.
I felt free and I really think that we should all feel this sensation again.
Maybe we’ll meet, look into our eyes and simply fall in love instead of looking at some feed to think about something that we don’t know if it will happen.
I know that all that I’m saying is pretty obvious and I also have a book that kind of talk about this too but, as I lived this experience the other day and for some reason I made this blog section in my website, I really wanted to share in a blog post.