This morning I took my daily bus ride to Sams club so that I could wait for my ride to my volunteer location. As I sat on the bus and at Sams, I felt the overwhelming urge get on my phone to scroll through social media. However, I didn’t have access to the internet so checking my Facebook feed wasn’t an option.
Back in Dallas I would perform this habit as a way to escape feeling vulnerable or out of place. Your Facebook feed feels a lot more familiar and safe than sitting on a bus full of strangers. This is true whether you are on a an air conditioned bus in Dallas or on the not so nice bus in Mexico.
Forcing yourself into a situation in which you don’t have the means can be the best way to break a bad habit.
Maybe more people would have less stress and be more present if they put their phones down? Without your phone to save you, there is no escape from “reality”!
Try it for yourself.
The next time you feel the urge to check social media in an awkward situation, don’t. Experience what it feels like. Now do that many times over. Soon you will be less annoyed from political post on Facebook and more in tune with your surroundings. Wouldn’t that be great? I know I could ingest less politics these days.
If you’re like me, it will feel uncomfortable.
Uncomfortable is good.
In my experience, good things come from being able to make the uncomfortable, comfortable. Except in the case of sleep. Never sleep on an uncomfortable bed!
We spend enough time distracting ourselves from reality. Instead of spending hours in front of a TV, computer, or phone, maybe we should learn to be present in each moment? In doing so, we can then take actions to change our reality to our liking instead of escaping it.
This is something I am starting to work on myself and I invite you to do the same!
Comment below and let me know how it goes for you!:)