I don’t have a reason, but I have a story

Seems like lately, I’ve been barraged with even more questions about why I don’t have a phone. Through all the questions, I’m realizing more and more the importance of telling a story.

It’s not always about having a good reason for doing something – it’s more about having a good story. I don’t mean lying. I mean having a history, a path of how you got to where you are.

For instance, when someone asks about my phone situation, I’ve stopped trying to give a reason. I don’t have one. Instead, I just tell my story.

I had a phone before I came to Korea. I even had a prepaid phone for a couple weeks here in Korea. I realized, though, before coming here and then even more so afterward, that I preferred feeling the disconnect. I liked feeling untethered from immediate communication.

I planned to go a month and then reassess after that. A month came and went. Then three months. Now it’s been like eight months since I had a phone. I still have email. I still have Facebook. That’s good enough.

After telling the story, everyone’s still pretty mystified. But hey, they didn’t get it any better when I tried to give a reason. And just as I don’t have a reason, I don’t have a plan to get a phone either.

I’m learning to give up reasons and create stories instead.

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