I have decided to consciously uncouple myself from Facebook and Twitter. I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed by social media lately. Feeling like I get stuck in a black hole of stuff I’m not totally interested in and that my creativity has taken a back seat to looking at Justin Biebers penis and watching cat videos.
I’m also cancelling my cable!! WHAT!!!
When I was doing cancer treatment – television was an amazing friend. I had zero brain power for reading or even having human conversations – so TV and the internet kept me company and was like a pacifier to help sooth me while my body was being ravaged by chemo. It was a wonderful tool … but I don’t need the pacifier anymore.
Turning on the TV or looking at the internet (and turning off my brain) has become habitual and it’s not working for me anymore.
Every day I sit down to write and every day I get sucked into looking at Facebook. It starts out as having to do some “work” on it. I check my work profile. I check the TZ profile and then suddenly and hour has gone by and I am still in my pajamas watching the latest viral video and I haven’t done anything creative.
I’ve been feeling like this for a while but just this morning I listened to Lena Dunham interview Zadie Smith on her podcast Woman of The Hour (which is an excellent podcast you should download). Zadie talks about her work process and how she stays disciplined and I was inspired to cut out the mindless distractions so I could get back to what I love… being creative.
So my friends … I am consciously uncoupling from most of my social media stuff. I will still be on Instagram (because I love it – and don’t find myself becoming overwhelmed by it) but the rest of it is going dormant for a while.
So my plan is to be here. At my blog. Where I’ve always been but have been neglecting lately … and I am hoping that the daily action of writing a blog post will re-spark my creative juices so I can get back to what I love. Being creative.
I can definitely sympathize with getting sucked into Facebook. And to television. We haven’t had cable since 2010 but I’ve still managed to get sucked into mindlessly watching stuff I have no actual interest in. Lately, whenever I can’t find a program on PBS that I genuinely want to watch I just shut off the TV and find something else to do. It’s quite liberating! Good luck in your quest, Sarah 🙂
Yku know when you ever comment on blog posts, but then you read something and think “it’s like she’s reading my mind?!” I can’t tell you how much I needed to read this today. Thank you so much. Cxx
Ha. Smooches to you!!
Well done. Looking forward to more books and pictures of very cool lymphedema gloves.