I was recently getting ready for a gala to benefit St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness. I’d bought a cute black cocktail dress and chunky black heels for the occasion, and I was now debating on what jewelry to wear to enhance my dress. Then, I looked at my Apple Watch (which I wear religiously and am pretty much tied to). I decided it wasn’t going to look good with my outfit. This thought sent a bit of panic through me. What if I’m at the event, my phone is silenced, and I receive an important text? I then thought, “Everybody that’s important will be with me, so what does it matter?” My internal voice shot back, “Well, how will you track your steps tonight? You’re at 7,000, but don’t you want to make sure you get to 10,000?” I paused and thought to myself, “Hm…maybe I’ll just put my Apple Watch in my purse in case I need it.” Finally, I scrunched up my face, shook my head, and decidedly put the watch down. “Need it?” For what? What would I really need my Apple Watch for in my handbag? When I paused and processed, I realized how ridiculous it was to think my Apple Watch was a necessity for the evening.
At that point, I decided that I’m going to live in the moment! I’ll have my cell phone in my purse and will check it periodically, but an Apple Watch on my wrist at all times is not needed. Continuous updates about text messages, emails, or a plethora of other notifications just aren’t necessary.
Living in the moment can be really challenging in our lives today. Honestly, the concept has sent a bit of panic through me with thoughts of: How will I survive? What will I do? Then I remind myself that back in 1985 I didn't have an Apple Watch or a cell phone, and I was able to live in the moment without worry by simply enjoying the people around me. The decision was made. Tonight at the gala, I was going to listen to the speakers intently and observe my surroundings closely. I would focus on watching the sights and sounds of the silent auction and the live action. I would wholeheartedly listen to the survivor stories and enjoy being there alongside my mother and my children.
Just so you know, I did survive the evening without my Apple Watch. Once parted from the device, I was quickly at ease. The evening was a blast, and I was able to engage with others at the event, all the while, not checking my watch a hundred times. I was able to enjoy living in the moment by laughing with others and meeting new people. And not to worry, my feet hurt so bad at the end of the night that I’m sure I reached 10,000 steps.
When was the last time you lived in the moment? How hard would it be for you to detach right now, leave your cell phone at home, and go to the store? While I love my Apple Watch and iPhone, I am also learning to love leaving those things behind. These products provide immediate responses and supply constant information, so we’re never completely focused on the task at hand and we’re constantly distracted by notifications. We are tied to technology and are drawn to the immediacy and availability of getting information.
I encourage you to take on this challenge and live in the moment today. I bet you’ll love it. I imagine it will be difficult at first, but I think you can work through the roller coaster of emotions and feel much more relaxed in the end.
What I have learned: Live in the moment. You will make it through and be much happier for it.
Tania Farran is an educator, mom, business owner, and an author. Her blogs tell about balancing all of these things in life! Laugh or cry with her and maybe learn a thing or two.