During the summer, I tend to lose track of time. So I’m not sure exactly how long it has been since I de-activated my Facebook account. Several days, not quite a week. I suppose that is a good thing that I cannot remember. I can’t say that I miss it. I’ve noticed that when I’m on the computer at night, I run out of things to do. I feel a sense of “now what?” This is exactly why I chose the Facebook-less path. I now have more time for smaller things. Opening a book. Or writing a thought-out email or in this case: a blog. More importantly, I REALLY want to see and talk to many people, both family and friends. I want to know what is new in their lives. I know what your probably thinking. Get on Facebook! But I can’t do this….not now…not for awhile. For me, Facebook has been a huge distraction. Constant chatter… hallway type chatter. And I’m beginning to question exactly HOW Facebook effects our relationships. When I would go home to visit family, it almost felt like I had never left at all. After all, we had been keeping tabs on each other on Facebook the whole time I was away from home. Without Facebook, I look forward to warm hugs and meaningful “how have you been?” inquiring. Discussions picked up from where we left off. Explaining life alterations over coffee. Progressions and set backs. Ideas and the changing circumstances, both domestic and abroad and inner. Decisions made or being made. Reminiscing with laughs. Realization of realities. Not hallway chatter.
A friend of mine recently wrote on his blog, “my chances are better if I go the opposite way of where everyone is going”. I am intrigued by this philosophy. So I will try to place myself into situations that appear abnormal, and evolve into them… dissolving all that is abnormal. By peering under unattractive rocks, who knows what I may find. The treasure I seek is not on Facebook. I’m near certain of that.