I have a confession to make:
I sometimes check my email while I’m driving.
In my defense, I only do it when I’m stopped at a red light. But still.
There is absolutely no good reason for me to be putting myself and everyone else on the road in danger. And make no mistake: that’s exactly what I’m doing when I check out of driving (even partially and temporarily) and into my phone.
I’m also distracting myself from a few moments of nothingness.
As a society, we’ve gotten really bad at coping with nothingness.
We never have to sit and do nothing. We have mental stimulation at our fingertips all the time.
I think having unlimited information, connection, and entertainment options literally in my pocket is pretty dang cool. I’m #teamInternet all the way.
But I also realize that constant stimulation is not good for my brain.
So, thanks to an Internet article shared by a Happiness Conspiracy member, I’ve decided to use red lights to practice doing nothing.
Whenever I come to a red light, instead of reaching for my phone I am choosing to take a few deep breaths while I wait for the light to change.
It’s sort of like a little mindfulness practice.
I’ve been doing this for about a week, and I still have to remind myself every single time. The craving to occupy myself is strong. I’ve succumbed to a “quick peek” more than once.
But I can already tell that I’m getting a little more comfortable with nothingness. I’m handling short-term boredom better.
And, I’m sure, I’m becoming a much safer driver.
Tell me: do you check your phone while you’re driving?