As I was sitting in awful DC traffic today and my phone reminded me that I only had about 30 minutes left of battery life I realized how dependent I am on technology.
For instance, in any given day before 9am I will: check my phone to see what the weather will be like (instead of walking outside), check three social media accounts before I even move out of bed, check my bank account on my phone (instead of you know..balancing a checkbook or whatever older-fashioned people do these days), map out wherever I am headed for the day, jot down virtual notes, finish any active games of ruzzle (don’t judge me) and check my emails. ALL OF THIS BEFORE NOON EVERYDAY. Thinking about this makes me feel insane.
So sitting in traffic and knowing I would lose my only sense of direction when my phone died was kind of frightening. All I needed to do was drive another 25 miles on 95 and make a few turns in the neighborhood to get back and I was still seriously flustered. I feel like another unfortunate result of the technology obsession of my generation is that a lot of us probably don’t know how to navigate ourselves without some app. I am awful at remembering to charge my phone so you’d think that I’d just get a paper map to keep in my car like a responsible adult but that would be too reasonable.
Another thing: I don’t know if it’s because Nick and I have lived in an area with 192 people but I am terrified of being around other drivers on major highways now. Or maybe it’s me getting older? Or maybe it’s because I’m driving in areas I’ve never been? Either way, it’s not a good feeling and completely abnormal for me. Back in the day I drove a motorcycle, to give you an idea…so I’ve never really been scared of driving.
Also: I really really reallllllyyyy dislike driving in DC. My god it’s awful. I swear I was on the verge of losing my shit the entire 1.5 hour drive there. I went there to pick up my half marathon race packet for tomorrow and was planning on having a nice little day there. NOPE. After the stress of figuring out where the hell I was supposed to even go, and then the thought of having to find another parking spot after literally 10 stoplights per mile I noped the hell out of there. How do people live there?!? I guess it would do me some good in the patience department though.
Anywho, I hope you all have a great weekend! I will be hating like come 4:30am tomorrow morning when I’m getting up to make it through the awful traffic and parking situations in DC for my half. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers -_-