“Because I know that at the end of my life, sharing pics & quips & LOLs & emoticons & working diligently to create a “presence” on social media networking platforms & eagerly seeking “likes” & “shares” & “hearts” and so forth is not a time investment that I will feel proud of. To the contrary, it’s one I will probably regret.”
~ Alexandra Franzen
It happened once again but this time it was expected, the signs were there and I had been ignoring them for a while. The lost time, the anxiety, the dilemma of what to do or not do, the anger and frustration.
Now it’s done and it was simple, to the point and not really messy at all. (okay it was a little messy) It’s only been a few days but I feel free, light and my new life resides in the “clueless” realm.
My break up was with Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, with Instagram hanging in the balance. I also broke up with all of my news feed apps and right now am living mostly “clueless.”
What pushed me over the edge? A single email from a beautiful soul named Alex that arrived in my inbox, asking these questions: “Do I have to?”, Do I need that?”, Could there be another way?” and my all time favorite, “What would happen if I just stopped?”
You won’t find Alex on Facebook, Twitter or any social media sites, she doesn’t run her business or life that way but is a powerful writer and has been hired by some of the best, besides writing her own books.
Okay so back to me and my choice, once I asked those 4 questions, I knew that my time, (which I could easily lose on one of those sites), the ease and joy of my life, and my creativity were all suffering from information overload. Simple is what I want my life to be and complicated is what it had become from too much information.
Which leads me to clueless. You see for information that I need or want, interactions with my friends, a lunch date or Saturday morning trip to the farmers market, does the work better than clicking on an app. I am making a conscience choice of whether or not I want to ask the question about what is happening or choose to be clueless.
Let me stop here and say, I’m not putting anyone one down for being on Facebook or any social media sites if it works for you, rock it on! But this is my third round of going off and I wanted it to really stick so I went for broke by deactivating them all.
So if you are already a part of my fantastic Zen Chick community, I will still be here, listening to and writing for all of you. If not and you are reading this, please join us by subscribing below this post. I will be around on my farm enjoying the beauty of nature, my hubby, and our animal family or at my business helping people feel better about their bodies and possibly their lives.
Brenda Wieland says
Wonderful! I love it.
Zen Chick says
Thanks Brenda, I’m loving it too! Feeling lots of freedom.
Ralph Rivera says
Well said, my friend Gay! I, too, had removed myself from FaceLiftBook a couple of years ago, and I have so much more time now to fritter away on more worthwhile things, if I so desire. It was a “Temporary” deactivation. No more rushing to see who posted a “like” on my pictures or my postings, and then wasting precious time scrolling down to all the stuff that’s on there. I have to admit, though, that just recently someone apparently hacked into my account, and signed me back in to FB. When I went there to see what had happened, and how I could “Permanently” deactivate the account, it was sort of tempting to keep looking, but did not. Since logging in days ago to deactivate, I received a bunch of posting notices or friend requests. It was a good and fun thing, years ago, but I hope I’ve outgrown it now . . . But good for you!!
Zen Chick says
Thanks Ralph and you see exactly what I mean, it can suck you in. So glad you are doing the things you want to do! Sounds like we both have a “new” freedom.