Besides your family, what’s the one thing you would say that you couldn’t live without? Not food. Not Water…or Wine. For most of us, it’s our cell phone! I can admit, that I spend a lot of time on my phone. I know, I know it’s not “healthy” but I can bet that you are on yours now reading this post!
Well, a few weeks ago as I was looking at the events for Tales of the Cocktail, I decided to attend a Spirited Dinner (a dinner with drinks not ghosts)! Out of all of the dinners, I decided to pick the “Cell Phone Free” Dinner Table Conversations by The Cocktail Guru at Calcasieu! It sounded like such a great idea that I invited a few friends (honestly it was security).
As soon as we arrived, we were asked to place our phones in a ziplock bag for safe keeping until the end of the night. Immediate panic set in! They were serious! No food pics. No selfies. No Instastories. Thank goodness we were handed a cocktail!
We sat down and watched as the other guests arrived and handed over their cell phones. The look on everyone’s faces was priceless. However, it was at this moment that I began to realize that I was able to be in the moment. I was able to greet other instagrammers and bloggers and most importantly TALK! We chatted about our jobs (who knew that we were employed) and our families. I wasn’t sweating my hair out anymore!
It was then time to move into the main dining room and we took our seats next to more new faces. As I panned the room, I saw everyone interacting, which was weird to see because not one person had their face glued to a phone! We went around the table and introduced ourselves while sharing a few laughs as we answered the conversation starter question “when do you feel the most confident?”
Each course was paired with a cocktail. As we dined, we discussed each meal and it’s pairing. This is something that rarely happens for me at dinner. I’m always thinking about getting that perfect shot for the gram!
I began to forget about my phone and think about how nice it was to really be in the moment. I was able to listen, enjoy my meal and lets not forget… the drinks! I met other health care professionals, a bartender and even a chef!
Two and a half hours passed and I was able to retrieve my phone. Of course I had quite a few messages and notifications. “Are you ok?” “Did you lose your phone?” “Drop a pin if you need help.” “Send a smoke signal.” Everyone took the opportunity to snap a few pics and make those social media posts to explain the huge gap in time that we went missing!
As I waited for my Uber I began to think to my myself about how many memories I may have missed while checking my phone or trying to snap that perfect pic. Am I really addicted to my phone? Are you?