Dear phone, I miss you
I’ve been living without a phone for two days now. Not because I want to or because I think it enriches my life. No, my phone-less life is not exactly voluntary. Or successful. I would trade a kidney for my smartphone.
During a weekend break my phone got stolen at a beach party. When I noticed that my beloved Samsung had disappeared I left the party right away and biked home crying. Thanks to the prig who stole it, I found myself some real first world problems.
The next day it was clear that I was going to have a hard time. As soon as I woke up, I wanted to grab my phone. What time is it? What’s the weather like today? Oh wait, I have no phone. Is there even a clock here? Everyone is still sleeping. What the hell am I going to do to entertain myself? I need my phone for everything.
Fortunately, I could use my friends’ phones to settle some things: block my SIM card and request a new one, report it to the police and contact some people to inform them. Apart from my own number I only know one phone number by hard, so that was a logistical challenge. I also called the beach club to make sure my phone wasn’t found, “Oh, I have to call back tomorrow? Sure, I’ll do that!” Only when I hung up I realized: I can not call back tomorrow, because I have no phone!
And that’s how the story goes. Can you Whatsapp that to me? Oh, no, never mind. What time is the train leaving? No idea. And once on the train, I almost die of boredom without music or social media. What time is that appointment? Shit, I don’t have my calendar. I’ll just call him. No, I can’t… Seriously, my phone is my life. I have become one with my phone and I keep forgetting it’s gone. The absence is hitting me every time I need to use it. OH RIGHT, I HAVE NO PHONE!
In addition, I constantly feel like I’m missing out on something. What if he tried to call me? And what’s happening on Whatsapp, now that I’m not there? I don’t know how I’m going to keep it up, but I have to be really patient. My new SIM card will arrive tomorrow or the day after…