Time To Turn Off Your Phone

Time To Turn Off Your Phone

"You used to call me on my cellphone."

How many of you take your cell phones everywhere? It’s like you can hardly be away from your phone without wondering what is happening on Facebook or what your best friend posted on Instagram.

It’s 2016 and everywhere you look, cell phones are there. We are walking, they are in our hands, We are eating, they are in our hands; anywhere we go, we have our phones attached.

So what would it be like to not have our phones on us? You would think it would be hard, almost like a drug addiction. But I did it, and it was amazing.

I went on a hike with a couple friends last weekend. We obviously needed our phones in the car for directions and, of course, music selection, but once we got out of the car I turned mine off and put it in my bag.

If you ask anyone who knows me they can tell you I am the worst when it comes to being on my phone, but more recently I realized I should spend more time off it and look at what is around me.

During our hike I didn’t feel the need to take out my phone to see who was texting me or what Kylie Jenner was posting on Instagram. It was nice to take in what was around me and the beauty we don’t get to see when we have our phones shoved in our faces.

If you think you can't stay off your phone, I challenge you to do it. Just think of all the notifications you are going to have when you turn it back on.

Not only are we just on our phones at home, but we are while driving. Texting, talking, Snapchatting, you name it, it has become the latest trend with driving to the point where people are losing their lives. Just yesterday four cars passed me and they all were on their phones, one guy was even checking Instagram — not kidding. He seriously couldn’t wait until he got home to check it out? That’s not just wrong, that's dangerous.

When you’re hanging out with your friends, 9/10 times you're probably on your phones for a portion of that time you're together. I can say this happens to me sometimes. I may not always know what to say, there is silence. We spend so much time scrolling social media and texting other people we forget we’re even with someone.

It is sad how our phones affect us so much in our society. Back in high school, I remember how it was so cool to text during class, but now being in college I realize how rude it is to the teacher who is trying to help you learn. I’m not going to sit here and say I have never done it because, believe me, I have and do. It's just something I am trying to stop.

If we go to school to get an education, why are we so worried about using our phones?

It’s time to put the phone down and live in the moment. Actually, live. Breathe it all in. Remember how you’re feeling in that moment and not spend the time documenting every second of your life. Frankly, no one really cares that much anyway.

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15 Actual Thoughts You Have While Wandering Around TJ Maxx

God bless TJ Maxx.


I recently went to TJ Maxx with a friend with the sole purpose of not buying anything. We literally looked at everything, though, and later, I walked out with half a dozen items I was not planning on buying. I'm just glad it was only six from the number of things I saw and liked.

Here were my thoughts as I wandered around TJ Maxx for an hour.

2. "Of course I have to check out the clearance section... except that's basically the entire store."

4. "This may look horrible on me but I'm going to try it on anyway."

5. "Maybe I should just look at some nice clothes for work. You can never have too many business casual clothes..."

7. "$5 makeup... How bad could it be?"

8. "American Eagle shorts for only $15?!"

9. "I can't carry all this stuff."

10. "Do I have a giftcard?"

11. "I want to decorate my house with everything in here."

12. "Oh, look, something I didn't need but buying anyway."

13. "Could I pull this off? It's cheap and looks good on the mannequin..."

15. "Yes, I found what I wanted. No, I did not need any of this."

Please note that all items are in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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It's A Good Idea To Calculate The Sale Price BEFORE You Commit To Buying Something

Using a calculator is faster than going back to look at the sale price list.


My mother and I sometimes go shopping for objects at the mall. Most of the time, I do not buy anything for myself. I just look around and see what creativity that these malls, stores, and businesses are doing these days. I enjoy seeing the creativity in front of my eyes. However, I doze off and think about things that are outside of shopping when I do not want to. To keep myself concentrated, I would go to the calculator app in my cell phone and calculate the sale price. I calculate the sale prices to see how the malls, stores, and businesses are flourishing these days.

Whenever I see the discount signs, I start right away with my calculations on my cell phone. I usually prefer using a calculator instead of my phone, but it would be a hassle to bring the calculator. It will not fit in my small pockets. Maybe it can fit in a purse, but sometimes, I do not bring my purse when it is not needed. If it was at school or college, then bringing a calculator will not be a hassle.

Sometimes, there is a sale price on a shelf, so that customers and calculators like me do not need to go through the trouble of calculating the sale prices with their discounts. I usually forget what the list says, so I just calculate the sale prices in my cell phone. I believe that the sale price list is very unreliable. After all, using a calculator is faster than going back to look at the sale price list.

Calculating discounts at the store is now my favorite part of mathematics. It is okay if there are people who do not like discounts because it can get confusing with decimals, percent, and calculations. Not everyone likes math which is also understandable.

I wonder if there are jobs where people can just calculate the sale price for the customers. The customers just have to ask someone to calculate the discount for them. When the day is over, the workers get paid just for doing this area of mathematics. I would not mind, but I think that there might be times when a job like this is unreliable. Customers can bring their own calculators or cell phones to calculate it. Whatever. What matters is that the sale price can be found by anyone. The sale prices are always disguised as the original price and the discount is there as a hint to find them.

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