Thursday, April 19, 2018

Notes from the Deep South - Year 12, Day 318

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Lately I have become very introspective. Maybe it's because I am getting older and hopefully wiser, but I have been thinking more and more about the things that are really important to me and how I want to spend my remaining time on earth. As best I can tell I have 50 (+/- 5) years left on this earth. I am basing that primarily on the fact that "only the good die young," but also on my raw determination to outlive my MIL so she cannot dance on my grave.

It's been a long road to get here but in that introspection one of the things I realized was that I don't want to spend it looking down at a phone watching nonsense I truly don't care about scroll by.  I want to read a book and talk to people. The world of social media and more specifically, Facebook, is not really a good space for me. It does not make me happier and although I would not say it makes me unhappy, it certainly makes me angry and annoyed; not to mention it is a colossal waste of time. The constant exposure to the vulgar side of humanity just gets me maybe that is being unhappy. I know social media is a train that cannot be stopped but I do not have to be on it. I just don't care about the hyper-curated "perfect" and often pretentious lives of people on the internet and their unquenchable thirst for attention. Facebook and the like have become a platform to many who do not deserve one, and I just don't want to be in the audience any longer.

So, despite the guilt I will get from friends and family and the withdrawal I will feel when I want to look up a juicy tidbit on someone, Brett and I closed our Facebook accounts about a month ago. I think it's one of the best things I have done since I quit smoking. It feels equally as healthy a choice as quitting smoking did nearly 20 years ago for sure. Facebook, like cigarettes, was cool and fun in the beginning, but once the algorithms and Real Estate agents took over it ultimately was just another addictive emotional carcinogen.

Happy Thursday from the Upper South.