January 19, 2016
Why I really needed a new phone
I was eligible for an iPhone upgrade in November. I wrote over two years ago (I can't find this post but I know it exists somewhere) about about how I was apprehensive to give up my 4S to get a new one back then because of all the memories my first iPhone and I had together. We'd been through a lot! However, I do still have it, in a box in the basement.
With this phone, a 5C, I couldn't wait to get rid of it.
I told Scott that I wanted a new phone because I wanted a new phone. It wasn't broken, cracked, or scratched. I just have very few positive memories attached to it. I told him I wanted to get rid of it because it reminded me of Missouri and Missouri was hard.
He thought I was crazy (and on some level, I'd agree) and said, You had a lot of friends in Missouri. True. The people I knew in Missouri were wonderful. But Missouri was the year where my skin decided to betray me and that really colored my experience in a negative way. It was the year I went to doctor's appointment after doctor's appointment, starting with my skin and leading to them trying to figure out an underlying cause. Then we found out we were moving after 11 months, I had to quit another job, I had to apply for another job, we moved into a unicorn-adorned remodeling project in the desert and it was hot and there were moths and....It was a stressful year full of being unsure of myself. I had no friends in Colorado, Scott was gone a lot, I knew nothing about the place, and I'm just now (18 months later) feeling like I finally have a footing. 2014 and a giant chunk of 2015 were HARD.
So I got the 5C phone right as all this was being set into motion in November 2013 and, ever since, I've felt like I've been carrying around a weight. My phone, obviously, wasn't not pulling me down but it was like this abstract symbol of all of that heaviness and I needed to get rid of it because I didn't want that feeling anymore.
Therefore, when the Apple Store offered me $200 for it, I jumped on that. They made me sign a form saying that I would not ask for my old phone back because it would be shipped off to California to be refurbished as soon as I watched them destroy the SIM card.
I didn't even hesitate. That $200 bought me my new iPhone 6, an Otterbox, and a screen guard. And I got money back on an Apple giftcard (maybe I need a new iPad...you never know).
If you had asked me to give up my 4S a few years ago, I wouldn't have. It means too much to me. I can be ridiculously sentimental, but I was not even wavering in handing over my 5C. It was a definite non-decision.
Do you use phone upgrades right away? I tend to sit on them for a few months, which is dumb because 2 years is 2 years. Sometimes it takes awhile to adjust to the change of a new one, I guess.