Today I set an alarm to limit my time on the computer and completely ignored it.
How easily we all fall into the trappings of society. Having just spent a week of no TV, limited computer access, limited phone, and deep self reflection, I left my mini vacay refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on the world.
Real life has a way of creeping back real quick.
In the past when I have fasted from TV, Twitter, etc, I have found that the return to normalcy to be intrusive. I see they are not only intrusive, but distractions to what I should and want to do. Today as I ignored the timer and found another site I *had* to visit, I felt a touch of guilt. Guilt because I let myself down by ignoring the timer. Guilt because I had made this lofty goal of not letting artificial life become real life. Guilt because I failed.
During my week away a group of us had a discussion about facebook and Twitter usage. One thought was that overusing fB leads to taking someone off of your friends list. Another was that anything over seven tweets was ignored. I pondered both, then wondered how these folks use the two and how would they notice if someone did overuse the two?
Baffling stuff, I know.
The discussion did get me to thinking. Does my desire for a cup of coffee really need to be my status? Do I really need to tweet about the TV show I just watched? Who cares if I just checked into wawa for a pack of smokes? Does the fact that I’m on page 16 of a book matters to anyone but me?
As I scrolled through (enviously, I add) my sister’s updates on fB and Twitter about her trip to New York today, I was able to follow her day and ask for Black and White cookies*. I decided that my social media fast can be more of a diet. It’s fun to connect with folks I don’t see everyday because of our schedules and I followed a hilarious hashtag about publisher speak**.
I’m not giving up my computer time. I did find an awesome storyteller, Tricia Rose Burt, an action matrix that I think will help The Teen navigate her junior year, and a Black and White cookie recipe*** in case Sleeping Beauty forgot.
I plan to take what I gained this last week to make major changes, and know that sometimes, I have to let the timer go.
Disconnecting to reconnect.
* true Thick Chick comment.
** from @jasonpinter “Gritty urban drama” = the book is about black characters but the copy was written by a guy who looks like shia laBeouf. #pubcode
*** Paula Deen may cause a coronary. I’ll have to check this carefully.
~ Posted on the fly by mrsrkfj