Time to take a break…
It’s hard to stay focused on the present and be thankful for what you have, when, thanks in large part to social media, you’re constantly reminded about who and what you had and don’t have.
Its asinine when people announce on social media that they’re taking a break or a rest from…social media. But between politics and personal shit, it’s time to take a breather. I’m not completely blaming social media for things that shouldn’t be taking up headspace but it’s a big contributor. Plus, I do like a challenge, and much like quitting Diet Coke/fountain pop, I like the discipline of trying to change habits. Of course, quitting social media includes only my social life – I still have to engage with the platforms in my day job – but the apps are off my phone. I’d been heading this way for awhile – I took Twitter off my phone probably two years ago, Facebook over two years ago, and now, finally Instagram. I’d been thinking of doing this for awhile, and now is the time. Not exactly earth-shattering news, but a slightly not-so-small deal for me.
Taking a break also includes this blog.
I don’t have the energy or desire to keep writing – generally about the same things – right now. Fortunately, there’s not a lot who will be missing my posts right now. While I enjoy writing, seems like I so often do so about the same things, and my motivation has flagged. This blog is as much an online journal than anything else and…I’m tired of journaling, basically.
This break will also include the Weapon of Self-Distraction Podcast. Which, though I’ve gotten away from babbling on and on about dating and relationships and have really enjoyed the interviews, is another thing I don’t have the energy or desire to do at the moment. Plus, it keeps me here in the “Fortress of Solitude” and while it does keep me busy and creative – something I need – I need to get out of the house more. Especially in the cold weather. So, there’s probably one more episode coming, to talk about this, and a few other distractions. Because I get far more enjoyment out of the podcast than social media and the blog, I’ll likely be back doing podcasts sometime sooner.
When you talk about the need to make changes at some point you have to finally make those changes. Besides, the time I spend online complaining and questioning is better spent finding solutions and answers.
See ya – maybe – in 2020.