On Sunday, I decided that I should reduce my dependency on social media as a way to waste time until my eventual death. Because, that’s really what we are doing. At least that’s what I am doing. It’s called social media, but it’s not being social when you are ignoring people you are out with in an attempt to be legitimately social. For me, all social media seems to do is further alienate me. Before everyone posted their meals, feelings, politics and every other aspects of their daily lives on full volume, I had know idea I was so different from the norm. The problem is that I am probably not much different than everyone else, just different than everyone that is loud.
I decided my Facebook was what needed to go. Out of everything I am involved with online, Facebook causes me the greatest stress. I have never felt that I could really be myself on my own page because so many people that I know are completely different from myself and, if I go by their posts, not interested in accepting other sides. Not to mention my own limitations of accepting other views. Not much would get me as angry as a ridiculous political meme. I’m not against people keeping in touch with their friends and making new friends. There are some great things that can come from social media, but I am a firm believer in removing any stress that is in your power to remove. I have always had issues with holding onto stress and need to minimize all the stress I can so bye bye Facebook and hello blogging and the outside world!
Fast forward to today and my Facebook free life. It sounds great, but as I have discovered, quite difficult to adjust to after years of regularly scrolling through updates or posting pics of the things I find worth sharing. There were several times that I found myself reaching for my phone or iPad to see what people were up to or if anyone has commented on my lasted posts. It has been such a struggle to stay on the path. I know it’s possible to reduce my dependency on social media and I am looking forward to spending more time outside, learning and experiencing the world with my complete attention. If nothing else, at least I will get to spend more time smelling the roses.