So I have a cell phone.
Its been a big week for the telecommunications industry. Sasha Warner, the last hold out of her generation, got a cell phone. That's right. I've joined the party.
I have really enjoyed these years of being unreachable. A modern day hermit, if you will. I could reach anyone I wanted at almost anytime, but they couldn't reach me. I wanted silence, and I lived a text free, ringer free existence.
But then we started having problems with our landline, and it seemed easier to just have two cells. Shawn's been pushing this for a while, and it makes a lot of sense. I agreed to it last Sunday afternoon, and he was on the phone with our cell phone provider on Sunday night. The process was completed and I officially inherited Shawn's old phone Thursday morning.
Day one was a little frustrating for everyone but me. Apparently, the key to using a cell phone is remembering you have one. I missed a couple congratulatory calls and texts. Shawn emailed me late in the afternoon to say "In case you forgot about the phone, I texted you to tell you..." Woops. I only got frustrated once, when I realized -- too late -- that I had in fact sent myself a text from my iPad to Shawn's old cell phone. So day one wasn't a total success, but it helped me realize three things. I can still be unreachable and have silence whenever I want: I own the cell phone, it doesn't own me, and I can turn it off whenever I want.
The same goes for social media. I've been off social media since I gave up Facebook last year for Lent. It was adding too much noise to my life. With the cell phone, I have the temptation to add some things back in. Like having Instagram for the first time ever. I hear there are a lot of easy ways to document life with one's phone camera and Instagram, so I signed up. I have posted a whopping three pictures to date. Instagram is pushing, pushing, pushing me to follow others, but thats where the noise comes in. I don't care who follows me. I won't follow back. I am using the technology how I want to and I am in control.
So there you have it. I am in the game and you can call me whenever you want. Just don't call me today. I've had laryngitis since Thursday.