Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself to this world
so worthy of rescue.
by Martha Postlethwaite
Day 5 no social media. My two youngest daughters led the way. They feel much better not living in the space of consta-comparison. They are learning to be bored and they like it.
Brene Brown, in her new book, Atlas of the Heart, recently reminded me that boredom is essential to creativity.
Social media robs us of that boredom. We fill those precious minute-nooks with scroll-dom which, in my humble opinion, leads to scroll-DUMB and, ultimately scroll-NUMB, not to mention divided attention, less connection, and hit-or-miss (v. intentional) intimacy.
"She thought she could, so she did," becomes: "She thought she could, but she didn't because ... insta."
Several 20-somethings with whom I work abandoned social media altogether during the 2016 presidential election and/or because they hate how it makes them feel.
While I will do my best not to proselytize about the upsides of Real Life With No One Watching (this is a pseudonym blog for a reason), I won't miss Sanitized Lives for Misdirection and the Dilution of Original Thought.
At least that is what I'm saying Day 5. I have extended family members who live far away. They would be the reason I return to the Metaverse.
For now, I'll bask in unadulterated, unmediated thoughts, people, and conversations.
3D life with little to no consideration of algorithms, privacy, misinformation, perfection ... recipes I don't have time to make ...
lives I don't have time to fake.