It's pouring in Los Angeles, so I felt like it was time to write down some thoughts for myself and anybody who is listening. I'm taking a break from social media. That includes Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Some people look at me cross-eyed when I tell them that. So let me clarify, I just want to exist outside of the internet.
I've been balancing too many accounts from my personal, to Follow the Palms and X Stacks. Moreover, I find myself checking social media to pass time, while at the gym between sets, while driving/eating, at work, etc. It might sound funny, but we all do it. That is a lot of time getting lost between the four corners of your screen being subconsciously and directly influenced by the accounts you follow, instead of being present in the moment and appreciating the things and people around you.
I've linked myself to accounts that deal with fashion, art, music, spirituality, sports, motivation, architecture, family and friends. How accurate is the information I'm viewing? How much of it is fabricated, exaggerated or to an extent fake?
They say you are a combination of the five people you spend the most time with; For me that might include the things I am constantly viewing on social media.
My goal throughout this "experiment" is to unleash my true authentic self and most importantly to be present in the moment. To find what is really important. Where I should invest my energy. What makes me happy. What makes me sad. What needs to go. What needs to stay.
The last few days have been different. The first few days I noticed I would grab my phone and unconsciously open up Instagram. It was just a habit. On a different occasion, I was waiting for a table at a restaurant and my brother went to use the restroom. My first instinct was to go on my phone. At that times, I noticed how my phone was holding me back from growing. It had become a way to mask my anxiety and escape what was in front of me: life.
I ended up deleting all the social apps from my phone to resist temptation. I gravitated towards playing games instead. Side note: I never played games on my phone until then, so I deleted those too.
I'm starting to get acclimated to my new lifestyle, but I lack news, inspiration and sports.
To be continued.