My cell phone died. I know right? You are shaking your head and gasping at the same time.
I have been having problems with it for at least the last 8 months. All of the signs that I would need to upgrade were there but I kept resisting. I didn’t want the newer model because it was bigger and I knew my monthly bill would increase. So I resisted and well....it died.
That is how life is sometimes. We know it is time for a change but we don’t want to move forward for a myriad of reasons. The thing about life is that no matter what you do, when it is time for change, it is going to happen whether you are on board or not. We sometimes resist change because we are comfortable or we are simply just afraid of the unknown.
Change brings about new routines, new levels of comfort that must be achieved. It can be downright inconvenient but sometimes, it can be surprisingly amazing.
I shrugged off the idea of upgrading my phone even though I knew all about the wonderful features the newer model boasted. Even though I knew my current phone was on the way out. You would think that someone who is a lover of gadgets would jump at an opportunity to have the latest and greatest but I was comfortable.
Comfort, though necessary can be a deceiver if you are not careful. It can lull you into a place of tranquility and serenity. Sometimes you aren’t even aware that you have become complacent as a result of being too comfortable.
Then life happens and forces you to make a decision. You can do nothing or you can seize the opportunity that is facing you.
Today I can truly say that I am grateful my phone died and thank goodness I backed it up - whew. I am grateful because it forced me to look at my present reality and make a choice. I could either try and have my current phone repaired or I could move forward. We have to know when it is time to let go.
The decision to move forward helped me see things with a fresh pair of eyes. I have walked past the Brooklyn museum quite a few times before the day that I decided to capture some footage. The new phone made me aware of new opportunities and a friend of mine who owns a Samsung phone sort of challenged me. If you know me, you know how competitive I am.
So if you haven’t gotten the point by now, I will end with this. The next time change sends you and invitation or unexpectedly knocks on your door, open it. You might be surprised!
Check out the video below that I with footage from my iPhone. I used FCPX to edit but all of the footage is RAW. No color grading took place. The background image on this page was also shot with my iPhone.