I Don't Know How You Are
I love how I grew up. Being a late 90s kid, I didn't grow up with a smart phone, fast internet or Netflix. I paid for my first track phone when I was in high school, spent hours waiting for my dial up internet to download a 5 minute music video and had to be home by a certain time to catch what was on TV.
It is crazy to think how much has changed in just 10 years. The last few years of my life have been tied to the digital world. Social Media had become a necessity. After all, I studied Communications in school, focusing on marketing. All throughout college and after I worked in digital marketing. People would post about leaving social media to "take a break." It always seemed interesting, but never like anything I could do. I had too many people to check up on, my work depended on it, and how else would I know what was going on in the world?
A few weeks ago, God called me to take part in FIAT 90, an extreme life makeover (let's call it, just to make it simple.)
Part of this involves giving up social media. All social media. I didn't get to "keep Snapchat" or still use Instagram Stories. Only if I needed to post for work, in which case, I go to the direct FB link, so as to not see any other posts.
To be honest, I almost didn't participate in FIAT 90 because of the social media aspect. With Dressember not over and me not yet reaching my goal, it was SO hard to accept that I was only $300 away and couldn't keep pushing. But I decided that I was going to take the jump and if I was going to participate in FIAT 90, I was going to do it all, and do it well.
So starting a week ago, I began my 90 Day Journey. FIAT 90 has required many more life changes, but whether you consider yourself "religious" or not, giving up social media may be one challenge worth taking.
In just a week, I have become much more focused on what matters to me. It has made me be much more present and more observant of the world around me. And while I have no idea how you're doing, I can see more clearly how I am doing.
So, I don't know how you're doing. Maybe you got engaged or got accepted into Med School or are going to Africa. Or, maybe you lost someone close to you or got fired from your job. I wish I could journey with you through it. And I still can. All you need to do is reach out.
Leaving social media behind doesn't have to mean you have to leave people behind. It just means you need to be more intentional with how you are checking in and connecting with them.
Take the leap. Delete the app. Feel like a kid again and see the world around you and the people around you in a new way.