One of my favorite things to do is to find a back road and head out into nature.
I don’t pay attention to where I am. I just explore while taking a number of turns just to see what is down the next path.
Inevitably I get lost.
That is a huge part of what makes it so enjoyable.
I don’t really care WHERE I am. Well, until it is time to go home. At that point I simply click on the navigation app on my cell phone. It has never failed to get me back home.
I had come to count on it so I found myself wandering even more.
Then one day it didn’t connect.
Here I was in the middle of nowhere without so much as a clue as to where I was and suddenly the GPS on my phone doesn’t know where I am either?
I sat there staring at my phone while begging for it to connect.
I restarted it a couple of times, just in case.
I resorted to tearing my vehicle apart in search of a map. Then it dawned on me. What good was a map going to do if I didn’t know where I was?
I certainly love nature but that doesn’t mean I can ever remember if the sun sets in the east or the west when I reach this level of frustration, to say nothing of the fact that the sun was almost directly above me.
A quick peek at the gas gauge revealed that I probably better choose the correct direction to drive (The road has to come out somewhere, right?) or I am going to be more than lost, I am going to be walking.
So I took an educated guess (eeny, meeny, miny, moe) and started driving again.
Out of the blue, my navigation decided to kick in and lead me home.
It all got me to thinking though…
Have we become so dependent on technology that we would have a tough time getting through our daily lives without it?
If I was somehow stranded without my phone and needed to call someone for help I would not be able to remember a single phone number beyond 911. I can still remember my phone number from when I was in the 3rd grade, but I always have to look to see what my phone number is today. Every since cell phones became common I simply stopped bothering to memorize phone numbers.
If the power were to go out I couldn’t even call the electric company. Ya know why? I don’t have a phone book. I look up phone numbers on the internet if I need them.
What about you?
How much do you depend on technology?
Would you be lost without it?
J. Cricket Walker of CricketWalker.com