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The Groove - The gratitude of going off the grid
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I haven’t had a cellphone in over three days. Honestly, it’s been one of the most freeing and liberating experiences I’ve had in a long time. I’d recommend everyone taking a separation from these distracting and time-consuming devices for a certain amount of time. I believe it’d be beneficial for all.

I didn’t venture off the grid on my own free will. Over the weekend, my phone was stolen in Nashville in the blink of an eye. After my efforts to pursue the thief failed, I realized I wouldn’t be recovering my phone. I called Verizon and shut everything down. Luckily, my phone has a password on it, making it nearly impossible to decipher the random arrangement of numbers to gain entry.

I was upset at the time, and a feeling similar to that of a missing body appendage followed me through the next day. On Monday, while returning to work, I realized I was missing all of the phone numbers for the individuals I needed to communicate with to receive adequate information or quotes for the stories I was writing. 

When Tuesday began, I realized I felt lighter, more focused and faster in my daily routine. I still continued to think I was forgetting something any time I left for a certain destination. However, when my new phone arrived on Wednesday, I’d already decided that I currently wasn’t going to upload any social media platforms onto my new phone.

The music apps Spotify and Pandora were immediately added onto the iPhone, and my previous contacts were synced in, but I honestly couldn’t care less about the Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat stuff. What a carefree and “living in the moment” feeling I’m currently having!

The lack of music was the hardest part for me and truly the only thing I missed about not having a phone, other than if an accident or emergency occurred where communication would be necessary. 

I start and end my day with music. From taking a shower, putting on makeup, brushing my teeth, fixing my hair and getting dressed in the morning to jamming in my car, taking a break during work, running and working out at the gym and relaxing at home at night, my entire day is filled with music in one way or another. 

Other than the lack of music, which my laptop restored during certain times, life was so much simpler, calmer and less worrisome. I noticed the views and sounds of birds, rain and everything else occurring around me. I communicated with more individuals and realized the insanity of seeing everyone together in one space but completely separated by the electronic devices glued to their hands. 

I don’t know how long this social media fast will last, but I’m going to try to cut whatever time I was spending on my phone in half. I would highly recommend taking small steps to find your own peace and tranquility without technology separating you from the rest of the world.

Standard reporter Atlanta Northcutt can be reached at 473-2191.