I’ve taken a break from Social Media, I’ve been away for a few months. A self imposed exile, to see how it would feel. So, apart from my blog being shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter- I can say with honesty that I have not been on there to check any posts. Not even to see my blog posts.
For the first few days I was lost. I didn’t know what to do with myself ! And to be honest it hasn’t got any better. My phone is with me at all times. Just in case my sons text me..stupid I know. They have their own lives – if it was urgent they would ring! So I pick up the phone and read my meagre emails, and read and re-read the newspaper, till I can recite the stories!
I’ve missed a lot. Pre arranged facegroup things, walking groups, writing events. Family happenings, family pictures…updates of grandchildren.
Then tonight I gave in and looked at Facebook. And it hit me! I’m not important. Life goes on without me, the lives of others don’t stop because I don’t see what they are doing, or because I can’t share in their happiness. And I wouldn’t want it to. But the hard thing is – it hurts! For those 5 min I came back, it wasn’t fun anymore.
So I’m staying away for a bit longer, until I can work out in my own head and heart how to manage it. I can see how social media is effecting young people, that ‘apparent’ feeling of rejection for those less resilient to deal with – is hard to overcome.
But overcome it we must, and work out another way of being part of the bigger picture.