Imagine this: You're on the way to meet your friend for a movie. You reach into your pocket for your iPhone to message her.
Shock and horror [Emotive language] hits you as it dawns on you that your phone is in your bedroom, plugged into the charger.
You feel like you've lost a limb. Like you’ve been cut off from the world.
But is this really the case? [Question adds variety to the prose and engages the audience]
This brings me to my topic today: techno-obsession and missed opportunities.
Smart devices are ruling our lives nowadays but at what cost? Are we losing touch with the real world? [Clearly states questions to be answered later in the speech]
We spend so much time looking down [Contrasting imagery makes the prose flow nicely] that we don’t look up and we miss what’s going on around us.[Personal observation again reminds us of the main message of the speech]
The online poem called "Look Up" by Gary Turk which went viral on YouTube was a thought-provoking reminder of how we miss opportunities.
The main character was so busy tapping on his phone that he missed the woman who was supposed to be the love of his life, changing his whole destiny.
I had a similar experience when I went to my local Sports Ground for training.
I was so engrossed in texting that I didn't bother to look at the notice board.
The next day, my teammates asked whether I was going to the meet-and-greet session with the famous athlete, Usain Bolt.
I looked at her with a completely blank face. I had no clue what she was talking about.
"Didn't you see the poster? The deadline for signing up was yesterday!"
My heart sank. Texting cost me the chance to meet my all time hero. It was a real wake-up call.
How many of you sitting out there are missing opportunities because of your obsession with your smart device?
Going back to my opening, if you feel like you've lost a limb if you forget your mobile phone, your answer has to be yes.
But next time it happens see it as a blessing, not the end of the world.
In fact, let me leave you with this: I want to challenge [A call to action] you to make time to look up instead of looking down, and see what you've been missing.
Maybe it could be just admiring a beautiful sunset or smiling at a stranger.
Maybe he could be your future husband.