Thanksgiving Confessions

I’ve decided to take a break from social media. I gave up Facebook a long time ago, but it’s time to walk away from Twitter for a while. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some incredible people, but there is also a lot of negativity there that I am filling my mind with on a daily basis.

The holidays are typically a depressing time for me, so I plan to go on a news and social media blackout. I believe what this article says, “everything is rigged: medicine, elections, food, the media…you are living in a fabricated fairy tale.” There’s not a damn thing I can do about it, so why worry so much?

I doubt that the thoughts on my deathbed will include the number of retweets and likes on Twitter. My focus at the moment is taking care of myself. In the past few weeks, I’ve made an attempt to get my head in the game and take care of myself by hiring a trainer. If I’m honest with myself, it’s been a half-hearted attempt. Nothing half-hearted creates results, so I am making a plan to get results. I will share that plan in the coming days.

When I trained for half-marathons, I had the mindset of an athlete. I ate clean, trained, and focused my energy in positive ways. Nothing could stop me. I battled through injury, tiredness, and lack of desire to do what I needed to do. I was the embodiment of the Nike slogan, “Just do it.” Doing all I could wasn’t enough. I was determined to do everything humanly possible. The great thing about experiencing that mental space is that you never forget it. I may have become distracted, but I know what it is like to be there. I’m finding my way back.

There is a stack of books in my bedroom that I have been planning to read. That will be time well-spent. As my favorite author says in the sequel to The War of Art titled Turning Pro

“The amateur has a long list of fears.  Near the top are two: Solitude and silence.  The amateur fears solitude and silence because she needs to avoid, at all costs, the voice inside her head that would point her toward her calling and her destiny.  So she seeks distraction.  The amateur prizes shallowness and shuns depth.  The culture of Twitter and Facebook is paradise for the amateur.” ~ Steven Pressfield


One thought on “Thanksgiving Confessions

  1. I hear ya. Trying to keep up with news is difficult. Trying to stay up because of the news is impossible.
    I can’t help but think of David Cassidy on his death bed telling his daughter, “so much wasted time”. Doesn’t that just get ya?
    Taking time away from social media to read, or draw, or sit with friends and have slow conversations or watch movies isn’t a waste of time.
    Being into people is so much more satisfying than being obsessed with our gadgets any day.


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