To kick off 2018, I decided to take a 30-day break from social media. For me, low tech gal that I am, that basically meant no Facebook for a month. I thought it would be hard, and it truly.....wasn't. In that same month, instead of falling down the online rabbit hole I: read 3 novels, watched 6 films, had more "friend dates" than usual, and felt a calm and peace that had been somewhat illusive before. Mission accomplished, goal completed....now, what?
Well, it's February, and I am back on Facebook, but I feel clearer about my reasons for going there. Do I still fall down the rabbit hole from time to time? Yes, but I am able to extricate myself from it quicker and less dramatically than before my hiatus.
This brings me to my blog, makes me consider my Facebook presence as a yoga entity (Yoga with Sommer on FB), and other ways in which social media can be both a pro and a con in our lives, be it personal or professional. Very few (if any!) things are entirely good or bad, and this includes social media.
So, I'm curious....how does social media positively effect your life? How does it negatively effect your life? Speaking for myself, I like being able to connect with and support other people who may be going through challenges or experiences that I can speak to, I enjoy seeing other peoples triumphs and good news, and I appreciate being able to find such a diversity of events and happenings in my neighborhood. I recoil from being dragged into the negative news spiral (though I am a strong believer in staying informed), dislike feeling marketed or sold to, and cringe at the futility of most (not all!) heated "discussions".
Reflecting in this way, will hopefully bring me closer to publishing and sharing the kind of content that I would want to see on Social Media. Bearing that in mind, here are my hopes for what I can share online with anyone who happens to read this blog or follow me on Facebook:
a monthly blog post
class scheduling updates as they occur
links that lead to my monthly Spotify playlists that I will be sharing
pretty or amusing photos or stories, short and sweet, on Facebook
and maybe, just maybe.....I will figure out how Twitter and/or Instagram work....no promises!
Most of all, my social media hiatus reminded me that above all else, life is to be lived, here and now, enjoyed and savored. My yoga practice keeps me accountable to this truth, encourages me to be present, to dive deeper, to reflect, and to grow stronger. I would rather look at my son than my iPhone screen. I would rather listen to my husband talk about his day, than watch a YouTube video. At the end of my life, I doubt that I will wish I spent more time in front of my computer. And with that, I will hit publish and step away from the screen for the remainder of the day.