Lately I have been considering getting a cell phone…especially in light of the fact that I will be again accompanying Sister Madonna Buder (if you want to read about an incredibly inspiring woman, look her up on-line) to the Boston Marathon. 3 years ago when I did this, I missed her finish, and did not connect with her for several hours after. She looked briefly for me and then luckily was asked, by a fan of hers, if she wanted to go back to their hotel room with them, shower and relax..I am very grateful that she did. After all, she was 77 years old and had just run 26.2 miles.
I, on the other hand, sat anxiously waiting for several hours, in the B section of the “Lost, Alone, and Looking for Family Members” area (not really the name but that is what it felt like) set up by the organizers of the marathon for others just like me who “lost” their athletes.
I saw people during the race watching the progress of their loved ones on their cell phones and thought that was amazingly wonderful. I love the idea of being able to do this. I also like the idea of information at my fingertips….love looking up most everything.
I just wonder if I will be giving up something if I get a cell phone. What exactly would that be Mary? Some odd concept of “freedom”? For many years, Jack and I both “prided ourselves” on not having technology in our lives. Jack ran his shop without lights (used candles) for a number of years until he was forced (by his Insurance company I think) to use electric lights, I did not own a computer until 7 years ago when my son Tom bought me one as a gift, we did not have a cell phone (Jack has one now) until 2 years ago.
Every one of these changes have improved our lives and expanded our experiences of the world and yet initially, we resisted each one. The older I get, the more I want and need “connection”…not less. I want to be more open and available to others. The idea of getting a cell phone is exciting to me…feels like fun…and I can never get enough of that!