Monday, January 30, 2012
facebook free february
i've never been great at keeping new year's resolutions, (but honestly, who is?) so i didn't make one single resolution this year. it felt sort of freeing to continue to live my life without the added pressure of bettering myself, yet i also felt kind of lazy for being so stagnant. when a good friend and i got into a conversation about facebook last week, she mentioned that she was going to try going without facebook for one month. it wasn't until later when she emailed me the post that inspired her decision, that i got inspired myself and realized that this could be a really, really good thing for me to do as well.
facebook has been wonderful for me, in keeping me connected at a time in my life when i could feel so secluded and alone. its my tiny window into my hometown, seeing pictures of recent snowfalls and reading about high school friends' new babies. its my playdate scheduler, my photo organizer, my antedote for days when i just want to chat with someone over the age of 5. yet even though i don't have a "fancy phone" with a facebook app, even though our computer is tucked away upstairs, i still find myself checking facebook more often than i really need to. my hope is that every time i feel like reading my newsfeed, i will instead sit down with my kids and read them a book. every time i feel like sharing a photo, i will instead make a memory with my family. every time i feel like venting a status update, i will instead take that time to pray. and every time i feel like i need to chat with an adult, i'll do just that via the old fashioned telephone.
i'll still be online to email and perhaps update my blog more (wouldn't that be a miracle?!?), but i had to make the difficult decision to stifle my inner geek and eliminate online tetris for the month of february as well. otherwise i'd more than likely just replace facebook with tetris and the point of this whole thing would be lost. so...... i'll let you know how things go.