ONE DAY A WEEK LEAVE YOUR HOME WITHOUT A CELLPHONE
i think you will like what happens.
immediately you will notice things
like the color of your car’s dashboard and the way the sun reflects off of it
the lady in the car next to you adjusting her shoulder pads at the stop light
that little bit of toothpaste in the corner of your mouth
there’s a nice old man standing behind you in line at Starbucks and he is wearing very fancy tennis shoes
the kind you usually only see gangster rappers wearing
where did he got those very fancy tennis shoes?
does he know they look kind of out of place on his feet?
perhaps a grandson or granddaughter bought them for him for Christmas?
what’s the proper way to spell Hanukkah?
is it H-anukah or CH-anukah?
maybe a friendly store clerk helped that old timer pick those shoes when he went in to replace the shoelace from an old pair of loafers.
perhaps they have really comfortable soles that are good for aching joints?
do rappers get aching joints from rapping too hard?
oh wait, it’s your turn to order
you’ll make direct eye contact with the cashier and maybe notice the fact that one of her eyes is a slightly different shade of blue than the other
is it just me or does it smell like winter in this coffee shop?
like that foggy night you helped dad build a fire for the first time
your mind is working
interacting with it’s surroundings
creating questions and answering them
your face is not stuck to a glowing electric square
you’re not looking at facebook updates from people you haven’t talked to in 4 years
you’re not watching a 2 minute video clip of a cat riding a dog
you’re not looking for a song you are going to listen to the first 37 seconds of before skipping to the first 37 seconds of another song you prefer
you’re not reading a grammatically flawed blog written by an unqualified entertainer about how technology is making us less patient, less imaginative, and less interesting
you are LIVING LIFE IN REAL TIME
and it feels great
the old man with the cool shoes smiles at you
and you smile back
welcome to reality