Katie – Unplugged

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Solitude.

Freedom.

Real life.

These are all things that come to mind when I think of being unplugged from social media this year. I am so looking forward to it… because already it has been refreshing. I’m not saying I’m completely cutting it out of my life – I’m just definitely scaling it back. Not because in and of itself it’s a bad thing- I’ve just felt weighed down by it. And at first thought of living more unplugged – I panicked. I didn’t think I could do it. Didn’t think it was possible. Came up with lists upon lists of reasons why it just wouldn’t work… mostly, it came back to the belief that people need to know what I’m thinking about and what’s going on in my life.

Lies.

Pride.

Selfishness.

Yikes.

So, I just stopped. I mean, there were the occasional clicks on the FB app out of habit… but then, I deleted my FB app from my phone. That was a game changer. Now, I only check FB on my computer or tablet. It’s not drastic, but it’s a start in the direction of living… actually just living. Not living to see how many likes my status gets or my latest photo, but just living in the moment- and not needing to relive the current moment five seconds from now… not needing constant affirmation that my life is exciting. The parts of life that I love the most, most people would probably consider quite dull.

That’s what I’ve realized in the first week of 2014… I like doing things that aren’t exciting enough to share, and it’s an incredible weight off my shoulders when I don’t have to turn it into something exciting enough to post. I’ve rediscovered my love of reading fiction, my love of writing just to write. I’ve realized I like to cook… and most of all, I like to just sit and think about and ponder and wonder and pause and be in awe of all that God has done and is doing. It’s weird.

I recently had some girls over and we talked about our favorite books that we read the past year and what we learned in 2013 and what our hopes were for 2014. After everyone left, I sat on the couch for at least 45 minutes just thanking the Lord for all that He did that night and smiling as I thought on the fact that it all came together despite my fears and insecurities… God showed up. It was awesome.

I can’t really Instagram that though. Like that moment with just God and I. If I did – it would kind of ruin it anyway. I don’t think I could really capture it. And ya know what – it was still lovely, and I still remember it without the photo to have proof of it happening.

This is revolutionary for me.

I would just like to reiterate that I do not think social media is bad. I like it. I just need to take a break from it… take a step back. That’s not to say you won’t see me posting here or there… maybe it’s just for a time, maybe it’s forever. I don’t know, but I like it so far.

“Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it. Just live it.” -C.S. Lewis

6 thoughts on “Katie – Unplugged

  1. I love your perspective of social media. It’s true, it really gets in the way of living your own life in your own way. I have a literary blog, and I recently wrote about the Twitter world through a writer’s perspective, and you’ve given me even more to think about. Great post!

    1. Thanks for reading – and thanks for sharing your thoughts. It’s helpful to know I’m not crazy… or maybe I am – but that I’m not alone in being sucked into social media. Looking forward to checking out your posts!

  2. Ha, ha! I’m doing the same thing right now. I haven’t really set a time limit on mine, but I’m only checking FB once a day in the evening to see if anyone messaged me or sent me something, and I am making a commitment not to read anything else. I kept getting bogged down in arguments, and it gave me too much opportunity to say angry things when I was hurt. It is kind of weird at first, isn’t it?

    You’re totally right though at what it does to us. Hope you have a great 2014, Katie! :)

    P.S. Just drop in every once in a while to let us know how things go, okay. :)

    1. Thanks for your thoughts Pete! It’s cool that you are scaling back your social media as well… looking forward to hearing how it’s going as well. I’ll def keep you posted on my social media detox. Today was a day I was def on more than I would have liked, but that fact – that social media is more of a chore now seems like a good sign:) The addiction is losing its grip:) Happy 2014!

    1. Tracy, you’ve totally led the way in getting “unplugged.” You’re an awesome example to me in guarding your heart and your mind and seeking God first. Thanks! Glad you could stop by for a bit on Tuesday! :)

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