Is anyone else tired? Like bone-tired weary from all of the chaos and infighting and shouting on social media?
I don’t turn a blind eye to our country’s events but there was one particular day that I just couldn’t deal with all of the noise anymore and I stayed off of social media for the whole day: Inauguration Day. I opted instead to catch the highlights on the late news later.
You might think, woo-hoo, look at you, one whole day off of social media, big whoop. But for me to be completely off of it for even one day is a thing. It’s where my people are. It’s what I do, social media is a big part of what I do as a writer. I love the connection and interaction and in so many ways I need it.
And one day without it felt like an eternity. I was feenin’. But without all the shouting and distraction of social media, I had loads of time and it was a beautiful day outside. So I stopped everything and absorbed all I could.
It was like a rejuvenation of all 5 senses. It’s amazing what you miss without even realizing it.
So I just thought today on the blog I’d share all the things I took notice of with the ‘ol naked eye on my one day off of social media. And today it’s no fancy graphics or picture editing, just everything as I found it.
I stepped out onto the back porch and felt the slippery deck under my feet after a good, long rain. I took a deep breath, feeling the cool, fresh air fill my lungs and I closed my eyes. I took in several more deep breaths and the smell of clean air.
I heard birds wildly chirping in unison as if sending out the invitation for Spring. The neighbor dog barked and I heard wet tires charge their way across the pavement on the road in front of my house.
My shoes schlocked through shallow patches of sticky mud and thick, wet leaves and the tips of my toes and my socks got wet through my shoes.
I saw a stick that looked suspiciously like a slingshot. It was wet but still rough on my fingertips as I twirled it around several times.
I felt the sun beam through the trees onto my face and offer a warm comfort and I sunbathed for a few minutes, fully clothed in jacket weather.
I noticed raindrops on the leaves of the bush next to the porch steps and two more cars charged their way down the wet road.
Green grass is starting to poke through under the leaves. I feel warm soothing coffee at the back of my throat and I just exhale and sit.
I totally get how the great outdoors are such a simple and obvious playground for kids. They notice all of these things.
I went back inside and opened the window in my bedroom and I laid down on my bed. I rested for two hours. I don’t remember the last time I ever enjoyed peace, quiet, and rest for any length of time, let alone two hours.
I try to get as much work done as I can when the kids are at school. My brain is constantly working. I did not sleep, but I did rest. And I noticed the hum of the refrigerator in the kitchen.
I was not concerned about likes, comments, trolls or the swirl of hate that permeates so much anymore. I wasn’t watching people tear each other to shreds or thinking of ways to help. I just stopped to breathe and I found rest.
As beneficial as social media can be, it’s also really good to unplug once in a while and get back to real life. Online issues are important, but don’t forget real, real life and what’s right in front of you. It’s always there waiting, don’t miss it.