From 22C, 2013
Did you see it? I'm not a big Louis C.K. fan, but Chris told me I'd like it, so I watched. I did like it. And to my surprise, I've been thinking about it every since. Well, I haven't really been thinking about the entire video. What captured my attention was the part about being a person.
"You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That's what the phones are taking away, is the ability to just sit there. That's being a person."
And it's not just phones. It's laptops and televisions and magazines and cameras. I hate to say it, but even books. I love reading, but just sitting there sometimes is a beautiful thing. It seems it is possible to eat lunch alone in a restaurant without a book. Who knew? Not always having my nose in something has proven to be quite pleasant.
I didn't pick up an uninteresting magazine and flip while waiting for my dental hygienist. It was a challenge. I always pick up one of those uninteresting magazines, yet once I got past my reflex, it was nice to simply look out the window and wait.
I'm not perfect, I didn't just sit there when I picked up my phone and documented myself sitting there on this flight, but I definitely did less. It was a nice quiet flight. I looked at the sky and thought of many things.