Several months ago, I wrote about getting a cell phone and having our home phone number “ported over” to the cell so we were also giving up our land-line. My concerns (the genteel word for fear) were many. I thought I’d never get used to talking into a flat, rectangular piece of glass (which is what the iphone basically is), that I would miss having our home phone, and that I would now feel always like I was plugged into technology. I came very close to not getting one at all.
None of these fears came true. If anything, our home has become quieter. It must be the telemarketing screening, but our phone rings much less now and the ringtone is set to “Bell Tower” so when it does ring, it sounds like church bells. I can also turn it off which is a great feature. There are many more things that I like about this phone but that really isn’t the point.
I will be 56 this year and this is the first cell phone that I have owned. Oddly, and I can only see this, or admit it, in retrospect, I took a sort of pride in not having a cell phone. I had an attitude about them and saw myself as someone who didn’t “need” one….feeling even a little superior to those who did. I did the same thing with computers, was adamant that I did not want or need one. I was sure that I wouldn’t like them until my son Tom bought me one for Christmas 8 years ago, and it was love at “first search”!
I was with a friend recently, showing her the GPS feature on my iphone, and she said, “I just don’t know why you think that you need all of these gadgets! I can find my way around perfectly well without relying on some piece of equipment. That’s whats wrong with the kids today, they aren’t living in the real world. They are always………” We left the restaurant and she turned left (instead of right) and headed off in the wrong direction.
It is not a matter of whether cell phones, or computers, or GPSs are good or bad, whether we “need” them or not. It is my attitude about them, about life, about the choices that I am making that is important. If I am afraid to try something new but am masking my fears by criticising the thing that I am afraid of, before I even try it, then I am missing out on life.