Aging brain. ADHD. Distractions. Emergencies. I have no idea any more what mixture I can use as the reason for losing things. Losing stuff is especially disturbing, distracting, distressing when I’m traveling. There are so many places I might have left my keys or journal or Kindle , and it holds everybody up when someone has to make a trip back to the hotel to get the camera I left on the bedside table.
It took me decades of Where’s-my-_____? before it sunk in that I need to be more attached to my possessions.
I realize my husband preaches against attachment to worldly goods, but I’ll justify myself this way: If I physically attach myself to whatever gets lost most frequently, then I don’t have to think about the phone, the keys, the eyeglasses, so therefore I’m not letting myself be overly attached to them, not letting them monopolize my mind and attention.
Therefore, when I’m traveling or at an event, I wear my camera around my neck like an accessory. For security, I like the Canon Neck Strap that’s a metal chain enclosed in clear plastic. I tell myself it’s like I’m wearing a silver necklace.
I’ve worked to make a habit of hanging my keys on a carabiner and hanging the carabiner on a handy loop on my purse, a shoulder bag, so that too hangs on me. ( I always use the same purse with just the right arrangement of pockets, so I can reach in without looking and grab what I want. Phooey on fashion–changing purses is a surefire way to leave behind something I’ll need.)
As I’ve mentioned before, I usually wear my glasses hanging around my neck if they’re not on my face. After a year and a half, they’re hardly scratched and I usually know where they are.
What’s the item that’s most often lost, whether on the road or at home? My phone. Too many women’s clothes don’t have pockets, so I can’t keep it on me that way. I always have my neck with me, so that’s where the phone needs to hang. Up till now I’ve made do by stringing a lanyard through some opening on a regular case, but even if it sort of works, still the phone is hanging from just one point, and therefore is rotating free when I lean forward.
If you’re wanting the same thing, I hope my hours of searching online can serve for you too. Yesterday my Lanskin Case arrived. Yes! It’s all I’d been hoping for. The case is soft, but not the mushy kind of soft that stretches out in a few weeks. The surface is not slippery. The adjustable lanyard is of the same material and is built into the case, projecting from either side of the bottom of the case, so the phone hangs upside down. That way, you don’t have to flip it around to see it right side up. I wouldn’t mind if it came in purple, but the basic black (or white) is great. It’s available for iPhone and iPod.
If you’d rather have colors for iphone 4 or 4S, here’s one that looks really good. I was really tempted, but in the end preferred not to have the metal clips. But purple . . . You can follow on FaceBook to know when the Liberty Case colors and/0r bling are out for iPhone 5.
I wish I could say I never lose anything anymore–that’s why mostly is in the title. But it’s lots better these days.
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