A week in Mexico – how exciting! My bathing suits were picked out. The sundresses were ready for the beach. I just needed to check out some last minute things and I was on my way… and that’s when it started happening.
It first started with a phone call to AT&T. I called to see what my Iphone service would be in Mexico. I was told that any voicemail call that came in while there, even if I didn’t answer it, would be charged 60 cents. Using the internet was even worse and more costly. A simple internet search could run a hundred dollars. In other words, unless there was an emergency, I was best to just keep my phone OFF. But for an entire week? I didn’t think that was feasibly or reasonable possible!
The best backup to a phone is the internet, right!? There was an internet cafe, but it cost $18/hour. Some of the buildings were said to have internet capabilities but we didn’t know where our room would be. So, I took my computer just in case.
I was actually pretty worried about being without both my cell phone and the internet from an entire week. I felt as if I’d be missing something and would be far removed from the rest of the world. I feared that I might go temporarily insane.
The first day passed with my phone or internet. I lived. The second day passed. I was still breathing. Day 3 and 4 passed. I was calm and more relaxed than ever. I realized that as dependent as I am on that technology on a regular basis, being away from it for a week was a cleansing feeling. I was able to concentrate on myself, my surroundings and the person I love. I could thoroughly enjoy the beach, the sand, the ocean and all of Mexico.
Toward the end of day 4 I found an internet connection. Hundreds of unread emails flooded my inboxes. I deleted the non-essential ones, responded to less than five and then quickly turned off the computer. And, not once did I use my cell phone. I had been a prisoner of technology and realized life on the other side isn’t all that bad.
I am now back in the real world responding to my reality. I have been reunited with my Iphone and all its guilty pleasures. And, while I do know that technology will continue to be a part of my daily life, I can also further appreciate taking time to set them aside to concentrate and embrace my surroundings and the important things in life.
M.Y. June 2009