As every day passes I am reminded of what it was like to be a child while freely obsessing over simple and yet seemingly mighty tasks of making mud pies and building castles to the sky.
The days when being outside was normal and being stuck inside was the most dreadful calamity to happen to a wistful and mindful child.
And yet, today as I sit here typing away on my laptop tucked away inside my cozy library, I wonder where has that flamboyant and daydreaming girl gone?
And then sadly, I remember, she found this magic box around 1995 and has become so attached to it, that being outside in the sunshine and staying outdoors until the last bit of light is squeezed out from the sky has become only a memory. And when this magic box suddenly opened up into a whole new global reaching monster, she was taken along like a knight awaiting her time to emerge from the Trojan horse and capture her rightful domain.
Of course I am describing a computer which then found the internet which then found social media. My greatest monster which has tried valiantly to consume all my time is none other, than the innocent social media outlet known to many as: Facebook.
Last year I vowed to myself and many friends that I would distance myself from this dark and cruel beast, and yet this elusive beast keeps dragging me back into its lair by using my own curiosity against me. I claim that I am just “trying to stay in touch” or “catching up with friends”. But, I am really scouring facebook for recent photos, long forgotten memories, and answers to questions I never knew I had.
Will this beast ever let me be? Have you ever felt this way after using social media? After just 5 more minutes.. that turned into 2 hours? Are we assimilating to social media? Reminds me of the Borg in Star Trek.
Join me as I start reclaiming my life and unplugging more than I am plugged in each day. Together, we can live our lives offline, making memories in real time while having real fun! 🙂
Maybe this year, will be the year I finally tackle my beast.