He was stunned. I'd shown no signs of our relationship heading in that direction.
"It's not you, it's me," I continued.
Still, no response.
"I'm overly dependant on you. I need my life back. I'm spending more time with you than I'd like. It's not you, it's me, really."
He just stared right back at me.
Break-ups are never easy. Especially when you have developed a deep love and have built a longstanding relationship. I'd known him since I was 19. That's a long time.
But it's for the better. And I have decided that this is the best way to go. Which is why I am breaking up with my phone.
I'd grown overdependant on it. Who's asking me what on Wassapp? Who commented what on Facebook? How many likes do I have on my latest photo in Instagram? Always scrolling. Always checking. Always fiddling with the phone when the kids are not looking.
It's got to stop.
I've come to the point when I feel the need to have the weight of my phone in my hand whenever there is any spare moment, when I would gravitate toward it whenever the kids are entertaining themselves.
It's got to stop.
And stop I will. But a plan is only worth the amount of thought behind it, so here it is:
1) I will remove beeps for notifications from email, Facebook and Instagram, so that I won't feel the urge to check everything that beeps
2) I will use the phone at set intervals (like every hour on the hour) - so that's where the social media checks come in - with the exception of beeps from Whatsapp and SMS, and calls, since those are my main sources of contact with people
3) Blogging will be done at night (which isn't much of a difference from now anyway)
4) Photos taken with the phone are OK but as far as possible, uploading them should only be done when the kids are asleep
5) Important emails will be replied to but all others will be ignored (I'm sorry if I seem a little rude; I explain why here - it's fully legit)
6) I will get my watch's battery fixed and wear my watch again so that I won't get to make the excuse of "I need to check the time on my phone"
I've never been good with break-ups, but I hope that for my own sake, and that of my kids', that this one will work. How about you? Any break-ups happening any time soon?
Disclaimer: I'm really sorry if you got a huge shock and thought that there was something going on in my marriage. No, we're fine, thanks. Actually, we're so fine that we're sync-ed in a strange way. As I drafted this post in my mind, he placed an order for an iPhone5S to replace my temporary Motorola something-something (known for my super techie knowledge, I am not) that I never quite got the hang of. Which made it so easy to break up with. But now with this swanky new phone, it will be so much more challenging. Oh well. Wish me luck!