“Like It” vs. “Live It”
I’m not going to lie to you, I consider myself pretty social media savvy. I can update my Facebook status, Tweet to famous people, and I’m even working on my hashtagging. #Let’sjustsay,watchoutyear2006,I’mcomingforyou.
You might even say, there are times when the beast known as social media can control my thinking a little too much. To illustrate, I give you a list of scenarios I’ll put in the “Like It” column:
Scenario: Romantic dinner with my wife. My thoughts: ”When I use this as my status, do I tag her in it, write it on her timeline, or just wait for her to find it as a special shoutout surprise for later?”
Scenario: Baby’s first steps (hypothetically speaking, since I can only assume I’ll still be as savvy when I one day produce offspring). My thoughts: ”This is going to get like a million Instagram favorites… wonder which filter will best capture the whole ‘left foot in front of the right foot’ look?”
Scenario: Just had an incredible workout. My thoughts: ”Is it bragging if I share this on MapMyRun AND MyFitnessPal??”
The truth is, life would probably be a lot more enjoyable without worrying so much about how you’ll let others in on each and every moment of your day. It seems obvious, but for some reason it’s not as easy to live this truth. But I thought I’d try it recently.
I made it my goal this past week that every time I get inspired by something, instead of fitting it into 140 characters and sharing it with the world-wide series of interconnected tubes, I would just… not.
Instead of making sure the world knew about the awesome chocolate ice cream I was about to eat, I enjoyed the ice cream. Instead of letting everyone know my favorite artist is Lady Gaga, I just danced my butt off to Poker Face like no one was watching. Totally not serious, you guys. Come on… let it go already- it was JOKE.
I blogged a little bit less. I probably didn’t retweet that hilarious thing you said (even though, between you and me, I thought it was brilliant). But I did find myself slightly less stressed, and able to be a lot more present.
I love social media and all that it offers. I love the ability to keep up with a lot of friends and family, and I most certainly enjoy connecting with my just-pretend friends who live in the internet behind my screen. But sometimes, you just gotta take a break and hit the “Live It” button.
But don’t take my word for it…