Two weekends ago, I went to visit Annaliese of Southern Belle in Training in Charlotte. I was working on a deadline at the office, so I ended up leaving about two hours after I had originally planned to leave. Desperate to make up for lost time, I chose the fastest route my GPS had to offer without stopping to look at exactly how I would be getting there. I ended up driving on two lane, small town roads for almost three hours. But the kicker was when I ended up in a national forest. The roads were so windy that I thought I was going to be carsick, and at one point I had just come to terms with the fact that if I didn’t drive off of the side of the mountain, I was going to end up hitting another car head on.
Driving home from Charlotte on Sunday afternoon, I specifically chose a route that would take me on interstates. But then my GPS went rogue and rerouted itself for no reason, and when I found myself exiting to get onto another two lane road, I absolutely panicked.
I pulled off into a convenience store parking lot and desperately tried to reroute. But I had no service, so nothing was loading. I couldn’t ask for directions because I had no idea which interstate I needed to take home, and I was almost 100% confident that I couldn’t read a map if I tried. I realized that I had been so spoiled by technology, and it had failed me, which made me start thinking about the bigger picture.
How many times have I missed something awesome because my nose was in my phone? How many times have I told a story that I was really excited about, only to realize that the person I was telling it to was consumed with their Twitter feed and wasn’t actually listening? How many times have I met someone who’s life appears amazing and exciting on Instagram, but in reality they have nothing to talk about?
I’ve been trying to make a concerted effort to focus more on the day to day and enjoy the little things in life, but that moment has made me more intentional about my time spent on social media. The cool picture someone posted will still be on Instagram in an hour; the cool thing my brother is doing on the football field will not.
In case you’re wondering, I made it home from North Carolina. I exited off of the two lane on to a random interstate and drove until I saw what appeared to be civilization, pulled off, and rerouted. My drive may have been longer, but it was full of gorgeous views of the mountains and lots of time to be alone with my thoughts. And next time I go somewhere, I’ll print the Mapquest… just in case 😉
Happy Wednesday, friends! How is your week going so far?