I’m old enough to remember a time before everyone had a cellphone, so I’m definitely comfortable without having it attached to me 24/7. There have even been periods in my adult life where I’ve gone without it for two or three months for various reason, and while it was hard at first, it allowed me to get back to how I was before I had everything at my fingertips. That being said, I still love having one. As a millennial, my phone is a pretty important part of my life. It’s how I keep up with my friends, family, and even my job. It helps me to streamline my life, and I’m thankful for that.

When I got my first phone back in junior high, I wasn’t allowed to text on it. It was one of those tracfones where you had to load minutes on it in order to use it. Since my phone was supposed to be for emergency purposes, I didn’t have very many minutes, so I could only really use it when I needed to call my parents. I didn’t mind this initially because I at least had a cellphone, which meant that I wasn’t the only one in my class without one. After awhile, however, not being able to talk to my friends got old, so my parents agreed that if I paid for half of my phone bill then I could get a real phone from a major phone company. I agreed, and that’s when we started using Sprint. I still couldn’t text, but I was at least able to call my friends.

It wasn’t until my junior year in high school that I was allowed to do anything on my phone other than make phone calls. During that year, my parents decided to get one of those all encompassing plans since it wasn’t too much more than the plan that we had where we were only allowed to make calls. Needless to say, I was ecstatic. I was finally able to do what the rest of my peers were able to do on their phones, and I was happy to be in on all the action. Texting was way more convenient than calling people because I didn’t have to stop what I was doing to do it. I could watch TV and send replies during commercials. I could go to basketball or track practice and send a text during a water break. It was amazing, and I was truly living the life. I took it with me everywhere I went because I needed to be able to respond to texts at a moment’s notice, especially when it came to texts from boys that I liked.

My senior year in high school, I met a guy at a dance I went to with my sister and one of our girlfriends. Before the night was over, I exchanged numbers with him, and we started texting each other. We texted all day and all night, and it was wonderful for me at the time. There was even one day when we were talking so much back and forth that I forgot to charge my phone. I had been so preoccupied with answering his messages that I forgot to hook up my phone to the charger before I left that evening to go to a football game. My cell lasted maybe five minutes into the game, and then after that it was useless. I couldn’t do anything with it because I had let my phone drain of all of its life. And that can happen to us too.

A lot of us go nonstop all day. From the moment we wake up until the minute that we lay our heads down at the end of the day, we just go, go, go. It’s not healthy. We need to rest and reboot the same way that our phones need to do it. Positive thinker, if you take the time to make sure that your phone is charged, make sure that you’re putting in the same effort to make sure that you’re charged as well. If you wouldn’t let your phone get to zero percent, then you shouldn’t let your body get that way either. Take care of yourself, and make sure that you allow some time to recharge every now and again!