I am going on a fast. Relax, grasshopper, I am not going on a food fast. I have decided I am going on a social media fast.
A few mornings ago I noticed that I didn’t have enough time to meditate before I needed to be at an appointment but I did manage to find time to post on Instagram and scroll around for 10 minutes. Then I checked back again 5 minutes later and wasted another 10 minutes. Did I really not have time to meditate?
Several months ago, I deleted Facebook from my phone and I discovered that I am on that particular platform less often. But for whatever reason I thought Instagram was better or more useful or who knows what. But after that little discovery of wasted time I decided to give it a rest… or a fast.
So as of today, Friday, September 14th I am going on a 30-day hiatus. This is unlike me in many ways. Normally I’d be all rigid about this and start on a Sunday, because it’s the beginning of the week and all. But nope, nothing like striking while the motivation is amped.
I have already deleted the Instagram app from my phone, as well as Twitter even though I rarely used that one.
I don’t have plans to be permanently off social media but maybe I will decide it’s better for me. You know, I wrote several weeks about how Simon Cowell said he hadn’t used his phone in months and it made him more aware and mindful. Ultimately I see how I use my phone, social media and other gadgets to distract myself from being uncomfortable, dealing with things I need to or allowing myself time to simply be.
I think social media has a lot of great attributes and it’s an amazing way to share information but as always you need to be sure that you are using it instead of it using you. Right now, I am feeling a bit like it uses me so I am breaking up for now.
I am not sure where Lowi is landing on this for now but in the meantime if you have comments about a blog or for us, please make them on www.lowiandg.com directly or I will catch up with you in 30-ish days or so. Of course, if you know me well, feel free to text me. I haven’t totally gone ’round the bend.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G