What Happened When I Left My iPhone At Home

Yesterday afternoon I took my kids cross-country skiing at Tie City.

After loading the car with clothing, ski’s, poles, the Chariot, snacks, water and ski boots we were off. Happily driving up the mountain to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.

Then something crazy happened. I pulled into the trailhead, looked in my pack and could not find my beloved iPhone. I remembered that I had left it at home, right on the kitchen counter where I had last been using it to take a picture of my kids eating apples (I know, now that I’m writing this that seems so ridiculous).

How was I going to ski without an iPhone?

How was I going to track my speed and distance on endomondo?

How was I going to take pictures to put up here on our website for a trail report?

How was I going to take pictures of my adorable 1 year old skiing alongside his 3 year old brother to prove to the world via social media that my kids really do like to cross-country ski?

How would I call for help if I got a flat tire or slid off the road?

Ironically I managed to ski for over 30 years without an iPhone. Back then it was just me gliding gracefully down the snow. I had nothing to prove and there was no platform to prove it on. I had no supermom feats like cross-country skiing with 2 kids to brag about on instagram.

So  I got over it and we skied. And there were smiles. And there were tears. There were snack breaks, and water breaks. There were points when my kids skied happily side-by-side and I couldn’t stop smiling. There were meltdowns and arguments over who got to ride in the Chariot.

What Happened

I noticed something as we were skiing. Without my iPhone there to record every single moment I was a lot more “in the moment”–I wasn’t scampering around trying to get the perfect shot. I wasn’t distracted with email. It was just me on the trails with my two little boys soaking up the experience and just skiing, just being.

I learned something valuable yesterday, I need to put away my iPhone more. I need to stop trying to photo document everything. I need to create memories, not a larger digital footprint.

I don’t have a trail report to write. I don’t have photos of what the trail looked like yesterday to show you. All I can tell you is that the sun was shining, the snow was perfect, and the skiing superb.

Maybe you’ll start to see fewer photos around here and more words, or maybe not. I don’t really know but I do think that leaving my phone at home is something that I’m going to try to do more often.

What about you? 

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  1. Peter |

    Nice write up. I discovered the same thing. Taking photos distracts from my enjoyment and being present to my surroundings.

    • Rebecca |

      Thanks Peter! I agree, I’m still learning to find a careful balance there 🙂

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