Hi friends! If you’re still out there, I know it’s been a while.
I’ve been exploring other avenues of my life, and writing quickly took (as seems to happen often) a back burner. Yet here I am again, as always.
There is so much I want to talk about, it’s honestly difficult to write anything down. My mind keeps twisting down all the avenues. I’m going to try to stick with why I’m back here – what has motivated me to start writing again.
A lot has changed in my life since my last post. I work different jobs, my living situation is different, I am different. The most pertinent change though, is giving up social media.
Over a year ago I gave up Facebook. I had watched a few TedTalks, discussed it with Mike (who isn’t on Facebook), and realized how avidly addicted to it I was. Later, any time I had to open the site again (for a few random reasons) I quickly found a relief at being off of it and would deactivate it instantly. Still, I was on Instagram and Snapchat. I knew that without Facebook I began to let these fill the void. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago I decided I would quit it all. I’m dedicating a year to giving up all forms of social media. You might say “well, isn’t this another form?” Maybe you’re right, but for me it’s more about practicing my craft. I can also manage my time on it by only using the site on my computer. Also, and this is the most important reason I’m here, it gives me a space to express myself.
Yes. Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat do the same thing – they allow you to express yourself. Here’s the ticket though. When I use those apps I may begin to express myself but it is with a serious cost. My intake doubles my output. Social media on those levels simply pours information, ideas, words, pictures, videos, everything into me. With certainty, I know that it begins to dilute my own ideas. The pictures of adorable animals, heartfelt stories, new recipes – they all amount to the same thing. Noise. And it’s so easy to take it in. I crave it some days. I feel so left out, I just want to know. Then I’m full of it, these other ideas, and I start to share my own. I comment on random threads. I share photos after 27 attempts to get the perfect one. I see a meme and I post it – it was funny, why not! What happens when you’re cut off from all of that?
Well, you change your input. An opportunity arises where you can be mindful of what you’re taking in. Do you want to watch a movie? Read a book? Call a friend? Look at the news? When I pay attention I find that I just want to read. I hunker down with my books and allow them to pour other peoples stories and lives into me. Then I close the book, hang up the phone, the movie ends. Now, something begins to happen. My mind filters the information, the emotions. Maybe a few days pass by where I feel lost. Eventually, I find I want to write.
It’s like someone turned on the tap and a deluge of creativity is pouring from my mind. I want to write. I want to create. I want to express. For the first time in a long time my output is about to line up with something worth while. Not a click of the like button, a double tap, or a silly comment. No, I want to make something I value, something I love.
So I’m sharing this idea with you. If you feel disconnected from the things you love, if you don’t even know what you love LOG OFF. I know it’s intimidating and there may be what seem a thousand valid excuses to stay on. They’re not though, they’re not valid. You don’t need social media. You are entirely capable on your own. You’re more capable on your own. With the time and attention dedicated on the things you actually like, you can make anything happen. Just..try it.
– With love, and hopefully many more posts in the future,