Archive for January, 2011
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So Im taking a Facebook break and I don’t know how long its gonna last…
It’s for a few reasons.
Im addicted to information and I don’t know if that a good thing or a bad thing. On some levels, I understand that my personality type is to always be on the forefront of everything happening. I want to know the coolest gadgets, the newest music, understand the heartbeat of trends, etc… On the other side, I feel like anything that you can not live without in a healthy manner is an addiction. To be Addicted - you must be physically or mentally dependent on or enthusiastically devoted to a particular thing or activity. I am. And I like it. But I think I may need to change that. I’m already itchy for a fix and it hasn’t even been 24 hours.
Privacy is becoming more and more important to me. I’ve been a very open person online for a long time. If I sneezed, my online community knew it.. and well, that is starting to be a problem for me. Not b.c I don’t want to hear the ‘God Bless You’ but b.c of the assumptions made by people that my sneeze was really the flu or phenomena or scurvy or the black lung… Ok this analogy broke down about 2 sentences ago… but I’m exhausted from people already thinking that they know me or come into a conversation with me FULL of preconceived notions. I’m blessed to have a large number of friends and an even larger number of acquaintances. But to be honest, there is only a handful of people that have invested the real time to get to know ME. My inner sanctum of friends may be larger than most, of which I feel extremely blessed, but I’m rapidly getting over the idea of superficiality. Don’t make assumption about me based off what I post, or what I ‘like’, or who is posting on my wall, or leaving comments on my photos. Don’t think that you’ve got my number b.c you’ve put 2 and 2 together albeit your amazing discerning sleuth like ways. If you want to know me, spend time with me. Until then, I’m gonna try to do a lot better job keeping myself hidden away from all the lurkers.
Facebook is a trend and I’ve always tried to be the King of trend. I am not. I’d hate to tell my grandkids one day about the days in my 20’s, only for them to look back at me puzzled and say, “so you spent everyday, numerous times a day on what?” By that point, who knows if the internet will still be around. When i’m 80, will I be disappointed that I spent my younger years wasting so much time on a website? Maybe. Maybe not. I’m not sure yet. But its not really just Facebook, its anything online that is keeping me from enjoying the world at large, the people in my life, unlocking the creativity within me and putting pen to paper. Or maybe, those online tools are just helping me to change into a more adaptive person for the world around me. I need more time and thought to go in here b.c I don’t have the answers.
For now, I’m off Facebook. It may be a couple more hours and I’m back or it could be weeks… but either way, right now, I’m unplugged, and I’ve already noticed that I’m seeing things somewhat differently.
I received a birthday card from my mother that said this… Im claiming it over my life for 2011.
Son, may you find happiness in every direction your paths take you. May you never lose that sense of wonder you have always had, and may you hold on to the sense of humor you use to brighten the lives of everyone who knows you. May you go beyond the ordinary steps and discover extraordinary results. May you keep on trying to reach for your stars, and may you never forget how wonderful you are.
May you always be patient with the problems of life, and know that any clouds will eventually give way to the sunlight of your most hoped-for days. May you be rewarded with the type of friendships that get better and better - and the kind of love that blesses your life forever.
May you meet every challenge you are faced with, recognize every precious opportunity, and be blessed with the knowledge that you have the ability to make every day special.
May you have enough material wealth to meet your needs, while never forgetting that the real treasures of life are the loved ones and friends who are invaluable to the end. May you search for serenity, and discover it was within you all along.
May you be strong enough to keep your hopes and dreams alive. May you always be gentle enough to understand. May you know that you hold tomorrow within your hands, and that the way there will be shared with the makings of what will be your most wonderful memories. And may you always remember, each step of the way…
You are loved, Son, more than words can ever begin to say.