There are two ways of looking at this: Zen-like and highly emotional

May 14, 2012

Dear Max

After a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday (great 21km race, French toast, beautiful flowers from you, divine sushi lunch), my iPhone got stolen, straight from my handbag with you in the trolley, while I was trying to pay for parking.

The iPhone that I’ve been accused of being anti-social with (I’m not arguing), the iPhone with the hot-pink Griffin cover, the iPhone with all your games, the iPhone that connects me to work, people and what’s going on in your life when I’m not with you.

I’m in two minds about this all: one is calm, rational and sensible, while the other is a little emotional. Here’s how it works:

Mind one: it’s just a “thing”, we are both still well and healthy, at least I’m in a position in life to have a great phone, these things happen all the time, this phone is now supporting someone else, it’s replaceable and everything retrievable, I’ll survive being offline or without a phone for a few days

Mind two: I’m angry someone messed with my stuff and took something I’ve worked hard towards, I feel like an idiot for losing focus and not realising it was being taken, I worry about losing contact, I worry about all the phone admin interfering with everything I have to do. And a deeper part of me is asking if I brought this on somehow, if it’s “punishment”, or if there’s a lesson here (detach, focus on people, look after your possessions, don’t be careless).

I guess there’s no right or wrong way to feel here, so I might as well go through the motions, toying between feeling Zen about it, and like a total tosser. And smiling at the thought of a possible upgrade, while screaming out of anger in my car because I was perfectly happy with the “old” one.

I’ll laugh soon. And tweet from my new phone. And close my bag properly. And let go.


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  • Bo

    Horrible thing to happen! Especially because it’s something that is so personal and “with you” all the time – connecting you to almost everything! It’s not just a thing in my mind. So i’m with you on the angry side.

    May 14, 2012 at 8:07 am Reply
  • Cat@jugglingactoflife

    I think it is the invasion in your privacy that is the worst to get over.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Lea-Anne

    Its an awful thing to happen… I feel so much like your mind two! Just last week we were broken into at home … & yes I feel grateful & happy that we were not there when it took place but some how my anger goes far beyond everything else? Im angry that our safe place… our home was invaded! Im angry that all our hard work we put into getting the some of the stuff was for nothing! Most of all Im angry cos I do not feel safe in my own home… I find myself looking over my shoulder every ten seconds… its easy to say you will get over it but when you look at the fact that they had come through our electric gates, past our two rottweilers, 1 of which is extremely vicious (they clearly drugged them), didnt care that the alarm was sounding & that the armed response would probably be on their way (they took 25 min to get there) & all this in broad daylight after 10 in the morning! It makes my blood boil!

    May 15, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply
  • TJ

    I think with the amount of information we store (personal information) on our smartphones these days it isn’t just a ‘thing’ in our minds anymore. It’s a part of us that they have taken. And we don’t keep Address books anymore (ok, some might) so we are immediately cut off from our contacts.

    I’d be peeved… probably at myself mostly. But then also, it is a phone and as you said, everything retrievable.

    May 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Reply
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