I took a month long hiatus from this blog and… basically all social media. I don’t necessarily group the two together (though I know many do) but I thought it would be a good rest for my spirit and give me time to nurture myself in real time, allowing for true presence of mind, body and soul in each moment. It’s so important to do, especially in today’s crazy, chaotic, over-stimulated world, and honestly, I do it often.
The truth is I just can’t stand social media. I suppose I can add it to the growing list of other un-popular opinions I hold, like my aversion to rollercoasters and my utter indifference to Beyoncé. (Seriously, I don’t get it??). I used to use instagram all the time and I actually really enjoyed it! I loved seeing photos of my friends and their children (pets and human ones too!) and I really liked snapping moments from my own life to share as well. However, as time went on and it has grown into yet another one of these *things* that becomes some sort of extension of the self – which it is NOT, by the way – I quickly became less and less interested in using it. In fact, it becomes almost disturbing the way people use things like instagram as an identity.
It’s the same way I feel about Facebook… first of all, at this point the majority of the world just sort of assumes you have one before they even ask and assume you use it. It’s assumed… which is actually really, really creepy isn’t it? Other than perhaps an ID or a cell phone, I can’t think of another single thing that we assume most people to have… and it isn’t even real. It serves as an out-of-body extension of the ego and to me, that is just dangerous and incredibly damaging.
I understand that in today’s culture it can feel like social media is your best connection to the rest of the world. But… the world is actually surrounding you, right now, every second of every moment and it’s always been there. Our evolving perception of our own “existence” troubles me, to be frank. Maybe it’s because I’m an old soul or because I often feel like an outsider looking in, but I just don’t see it as a positive influence on human kind – though in some ways it has proved to be an incredible way to spread word about current events to those who don’t actively seek out information on their own!
I should add that I do in fact have accounts with various social media platforms like instagram, facebook and twitter and I hope I don’t offend anyone who actively uses these in their daily lives, because I sometimes use them myself! I just feel like it’s so important that we begin to re evaluate the way we hide behind these platforms and depend on them for our own validation and self-worth. Try stepping away from facebook for a day, then two, until you realize you actually don’t need to use it at all, because your friends and family are all out there in the real world for you to connect with. Take time to re-connect with your self. Your true self.
I did miss blogging so I hope to jump back in! I do love that the internet has made the world a bit smaller and allows us to make connections with people across the globe. I love that I get to find others out there with similar beliefs, discover new ones or even share my own. In this respect, it’s an incredible tool and I plan on continuing to use it that way. I feel myself pulling more and more inward these days so in full disclosure, this may not be the last rant of its kind here! But, anyway, my original intention for this post was to share a simple OOTD and a quick catch up… so, I had a great halloween, hope you all did too! I dressed as Lorelai and Britt was Luke, and that was followed recently by an awesome vegan Thanksgiving that I thoroughly enjoyed. I work in retail so life has been chaotic but exciting all the same… For my day off today I went straight for my basics with a thrifted pleated skirt, black bowler hat, black high highs, thrifted black ankle boots and an old blouse. Also can’t leave out my cozy oversized cardigan and thrifted plastic-snake-skin purse. I love it. I have this bizarre affinity for faux snakeskin that I just can’t shake!