Wassuuuuup! Cafe in da house! I feel like I’ve been teleported back into life as we know it. It was seriously a very strange four days away from anything social media, email, and especially the blogosphere!
As most of you know, I had taken it upon myself to swear a vow of abstinence from WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, BBM, YouTube, and even emails for four days. It had just seriously felt like my life had come under the control of the Crackberry and I had to do something drastic about it.
SO. Are you ready to go through my four-day hibernation journey with me? Alright, here we go! …
Day 1 — Monday
Day 1 really started on Sunday evening when I sent off my final updates and messages and then laid the Crackberry to rest. I actually felt relief. I felt this weight off my shoulders. I literally had a big smile on my face. I watched TV for the rest of the evening, not worrying about having to hear the incessant *pinging* throughout. I knew I had made the right decision to do this crazy thing I had decided to do.
Monday rolled around. One of my rules was that if I wanted to write about anything (that was not work-related), it would have to be handwritten in a notebook. This was just another way to get me away from my laptop. Out came the journal I had written four pages in since I bought it months ago. The writing began …
The rest of Monday flew by without a hitch. I think I even managed to write some seriously deep shit in my journal. The Crackberry-turned-phone had been deathly silent. I found myself wondering: Has life gone on without me?
Then I reassured myself: Of course not. The earth has stopped spinning, everyone out there is frozen in time, awaiting your return from hibernation. That made me feel much better.
Day 2 — Tuesday
Well, Tuesday brought about a newfound gusto for life. Passion! Motivation! Goals for the future! I was secretly creating magic in my little cave and nobody knew it.
Okay, so seriously. I have been learning to play a song on the piano these past few days that I completely fell in love with a few months ago. And while it was easy being all ballsy and courageous while in the cave by myself, I am now hoping I will see this recording through and be able to post a video or something up here. And if it doesn’t happen — well, just know I used my discretion that it was the best for all of us ;)
The song, by the way, is from the Hunger Games movie soundtrack. And I was coincidentally lent the book to read during my leave of absence. LORD ‘A MERCY, IT IS SO GOOD!!! What a page turner! I now have the second and third books in my possession. Have y’all read it? Are you in love or what??? Get on it, people!
Day 3 — Wednesday
Oh boy. Wednesday was hard. Wednesday was when I started wondering what was going on in the world out there. Of course I could call people or even text them, but honestly? I hate talking on the phone. I won’t even text most people. I prefer having conversations in person. And if I can’t have that, then I’m going with emails or Facebook messages where I can reply on my own time. On my terms, you know what I’m sayin’?
Okay, so instead of calling people to regain human contact, I decided to instead send off two letters! This was totally inspired by Whit from lover of the rad and fab (who was, in turn, inspired by another blogger) to send out a letter every day in March. Hope my recipients are pleasantly surprised! <3
I actually did call one person. It was so fitting that I call him because of his distaste for social media. He was actually my teacher in grade 4 and 6. After almost 20 years, I had tracked him down and we had a little reunion with some of my other elementary school buddies.
Long story short, I called him and after he found out that I had been LAZING around on my ass for weeks, he told me to get off my butt and go workout. If I could ban myself from social media for four days, I could go outside and run.
Amen! I felt a rejuvenation of sorts. “Alright, I’m going. Right now!” I declared, hanging up on him. Okay, I said bye first. But I put on my running gear and headed out for a very strenuous jog. Cafe was back in action.
Day 4 — Thursday
The Crackberry had resumed life. The notifications were turned on. The updates began appearing like a mirage on the screen. Curiosity quickly set in …
But I held off. For a few hours.
Okay, so I really realized from this whole banning experiment that I have become so dependent on social media for much of my social interaction. Is that a bad thing? I’m not sure. I see that it can go either way. And judging from people’s comments, there is a mixed reaction towards it.
I think maybe the problem is not so much about social media leading you to interact with people almost solely through social media (because, let’s face it, we probably wouldn’t keep in touch with many of those people if Facebook, etc didn’t exist). As long as we are still connecting in-person with the people we should be connecting in-person with, I think that’s okay.
The issue for me is when the social media obsession detracts from doing other things like learning a new song on the piano, working out or reading a book. I was able to find a lot of enjoyment in those things this week, so I’m happy that I was reminded of the other important things in life :)
Alright, so now I’m back and quite frankly, I don’t plan on doing that again. Maybe a day or two if I feel like it’s getting out of hand again. But four days?!?!
Gotta keep our world spinning, ya know what I’m sayin’? ;)
– Cafe <3