Get Off Your Phone, Already!

Why can’t I just walk my dog without trying to do a million things on my phone?

I’m constantly on my phone. Are you? I’m reading, answering emails, texting, talking, taking photos, scrolling through social feeds, tracking my steps, I mean, it’s unbelievable. My head is always down. And I have a feeling I’m not alone in this.

Recently, it really popped out at me when I was walking my dog. I was on my phone and my dog was just doing her thing: pulling, eating grass, and switching sides constantly. All of a sudden I was like, What Is Going On? Why Am I Constantly In My Phone Instead Of Being With My Dog? I basically realized that she needed my attention. Would I be doing this with a toddler? Probably not. This was our time together, outside, on a walk, and I was totally somewhere else.

I know this is partly because her behavior challenges me sometimes and I don’t know how to deal with it. So. Into the phone I go, it’s a place to relax and zone out and be entertained and not have to deal with what’s going on around me – namely how I feel.

Sometimes I just do it because I am busy that day and trying to get things done and talking to people during my walks with Lou allows me to do two things! I’m not sure it’s the best way to do either. Then all my outdoor time with Lou gets taken up by phone calls and sometimes the people on the other end don’t get my full attention cause I have to pick up shit or something.

So.

You can see I’m figuring this out as I go.

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