I’ve seen one of T-Mobile’s latest magazine ads a few times now.
The first time I skimmed it-a lady running, cool. Was it her shoes they were trying to sell? Was it the health benefit they hoped to promote?
The second time I saw the ad I actually read it. The woman is running. She looks happy-or so I think, as a runner, because I know the freedom a great run can bring.
Yet she takes her T-Mobile with her. Why? So she can talk to her family every mile or so. You know, in case they have questions. Like they want to know what’s for dinner.
I laughed out loud, nearly squirting coffee from my nose.
Then I felt bad.
Is it me, or doesn’t running, or any form of exercise away from home, mean that it is alone time?
Do you really want your four year old calling to ask about her Barbie while you are trying to put in a good three miles or so?
I know when I’m out there on the pavement the last thing from my mind is my family.
Sorry, but I spend the rest of my life focusing on them. Instead, when I am out there on my own I’m thinking about ME. What I want to do next, what goals I hope to accomplish with work, where I want to take my business, what I might like to do for myself in the next few weeks, days, or months.
I’ve told people before that the only alone time I get is my running time early in the morning. I’m okay with that. I’m thinking about things that are good for me.
I’m not caring about where the binky is.
Then I wondered briefly-quite briefly-if I were being selfish. Should my family always remain on my mind, 24-7? Should they always occupy this little space in there, flickering in and out even when I am doing something for myself?
Should they always be able to reach me?
Then I thought better.
Perhaps they do really occupy my mind 24-7 and I don’t even realize it. I’m sure that at times, when I’m on a long ten mile run and I’m considering all aspects of my life, they come to play. Perhaps I think about the stage my four year or one year old is in. Maybe I consider the ups and downs of marriage and all that it encompasses. I suppose I do. I contemplate everything else in my life.
But I can tell you this, for sure: I don’t want anyone from home calling me on my run and asking me a question that can be answered when I get back!
I just thought it was an interesting angle on the advertising side of a cell phone. Do they think we really want to be connected 24-7?
I may be alone in this, but there have been many times when I haven’t answered the phone, even if it was my best friend calling.