"What are the moments you are holding onto? What are you letting go of today?"
Using today's writing prompt...
The "dangerously full" warning was flashing on my phone. Ugh, I thought, again? I've already deleted a memory-eating app and several hundred pictures. Guess I need to go through the apps and gallery again. I'll do it on Saturday.
That was Wednesday.
During my weekly Thursday road trip, the phone decided to die while I was posting a picture to Facebook from the shoulder of a country highway. Oh, well, I thought, I'll get it up and running when I get home. An hour later at another stop, the phone was fine again. It worked all day Friday, too.
Saturday morning...I turned it over to find it in constant reboot mode. After Googling and fiddling and cursing, I gave up. My kind husband Googled and fiddled, then took it to a repair shop. Could just be the battery, they said--a glimmer of hope.
Monday afternoon, the phone was back home, still broken. Not just the battery, apparently. I'll be contacting tech support later today.
What am I holding onto with this phone? Thankfully, I downloaded all the pictures to my computer a month ago; the only one I would really miss from these past few weeks is a selfie with my son. I use my phone to track my walking routes, practice Spanish and Japanese, keep in touch with my daughter in Japan via LINE, time my meditations. My fitness band syncs with a phone app to record my steps and my sleep patterns; I use another app to track calories. There are dozens of unmemorized phone numbers of friends, family, colleagues in my contacts list.
For the past few days, I have had to let go of having these conveniences and information at hand. I am able to continue my language practice and fill in my food journal on my computer, and revisited a folder of meditations I had saved. I have a landline, email, and online social media to stay connected to people.
If tech support can't fix my phone, or at the very least assure me that my data is backed up, I will have to let go of a month's worth of photo memories, several years' worth of texts with my daughter (was I really going to reread those anyway?), possibly progress (or lack of it, ha!) on my fitness app.
Contact information can be regathered. Apps can be reloaded on a new phone. Other than the picture with my son...does anything else on this old phone really, truly matter? I'll find out soon, but my guess is...not really.