Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What happened when I gave up Facebook

Like many people today, I use my phone as my alarm clock.
I would start every day just the same, I'd shut off my alarm first, and then immediately check my Facebook page.
That would take at least 15 minutes, if not more.
And then, throughout my day, I would check my Facebook page roughly ... well, I don't know, If I had to guess? I would say about 40 times a day... with my day ending on Facebook. Glued to the screen, for more than an hour, more than 2 sometimes... reading, posting... stalking profiles. As you do, don't say you don't... it's Facebook!!

Though I knew I spent too much time on Facebook, it wasn't until the political year really started to kick off, that I woke up.

I actually found myself judging and getting mad at my friends and family for their political views! I mean seriously. 
My dad says there are 3 things you should never talk about... Politics, Sex and Religion. Dad is right. 

Chances are the people that we choose as friends, will most likely have the same interest and views as us, but not always. And family? Well, We all know what the opinions of family are like.. They all have one, and no one wants any one else's, then a war will usually break out when family decide to compare and debate their "always right" political views! 

I just had enough of it. I was tired of all of the political fighting, and especially all of the bashing. When I find myself not freely accepting others for their views and opinions, it's time to take a step back. So originally, yes... it was politics that made me leave facebook.

The thing is, the longer I was away, the happier I felt. I didn't feel guilty about too much "screen time"

I suddenly I had time. 
Time
Time is a beautiful gift

What did I notice was different about my life?

**In just 2 months, I have noticed I feel more relaxed.**
**I listen to my children, I don't just "half" listen while I'm scrolling on my phone. I intently listen and make eye contact**
**I started crocheting again, I crochet and create my little heart away**
**When I miss my friends, I'm actually forced to make contact with them, by phone or email. Reading a post now and again, doesn't count as making contact with your friends, I have written more letters and emails the last 2 months than I have in a few years**
**I have been organizing like a crazy person!**
**I've fallen in love again**
**I've actually tried cooking some new dishes**
**I've opened a store on Etsy**
**I've sold loads of things on Ebay, I have been downsizing more and more every year, it's completely freeing"
**I tackle household chores right away**
**I have done a lot of research, learning new things about the environment and health issues, very interesting things, that I can't wait to share**

I know there are many more things that I'm not even thinking of at this moment, but the above list are the areas in my life that I have seen a true impact.

I am still on twitter, but I've never been drawn to twitter like I have Facebook, it's a whole different platform. I'm not saying I'll never peek in again, but the truth is. I just don't miss Facebook. I really like the time I have found to do more in my life.
The saying is true you know.

"We find time for the things that are truly important to us"
What's important to you?

I hope you're having a great week!
Tammy