I was inspired by this blog post by Matt Frazier at No Meat Athlete on embracing inconvenience in our lives. (and I just got rid of my smart phone)
Check it out:
Great article with some great points that I fully support.
I ditched the dishwasher 5 years ago and will never go back. Matt hit's the nail on the head with this one.
Just over 2 years ago I ditched the car and right now I can't see me ever going back to driving again.
But the phone ... that's become more than just a convenience item for me now sadly and because I've made the rest of my life so inconvenient the smartphone helps make this inconvenience far more manageable.
The dishwasher is like the microwave and all other appliances created for our convenience. We still have one because my husband wanted it, but now we don't even use it. It just sits there and the cats like to sleep on top of it.
When I was at the shop trading in my phone, all of a sudden I got a bit nervous thinking about all the "conveniences" I would be giving up like the whatsup app, checking train schedules, and checking my email on the road. But then I realized having those sort of attachments is exactly the reason I needed to do this. (as I told my husband "you know you can call me, right?") I just would like my life a bit more simplified and my job doesn't require me to be "available" 24/7. I mean, I live in Switzerland, however I think it is pretty much the same everywhere: you can barely walk down the street without someone almost bumping into you because their eyes are glued to their phones or people just holding onto them like life support. Or whats up with young people hanging out with eachother WITH their earbuds in their ears??? Ok I am now ranting..
For me, I just want to use my time more wisely. As vegans, we already live lives of less convenience as Matt mentioned and I think living without a smartphone will help me be more productive for sure- read more, plan my day, or just relax my eyes after staring into a computer all day. :/
You're probably right ... I think for me right now though my phone reminds me when to work out, when yoga class is, it tells me what time the buses and trains are to get these places, and keeps me connected to my bank at all times. Without the above I think my attempts to live without cars and home conveniences would totally fail. I've also found reading and writing on my tablet a much richer experience for me and again I only now only have the time to do this as my phone makes living more simple for me. :)