It’s been 2.5 years since I joined Facebook. And since clicking “Sign Up” I’ve witnessed approximately…
85 new relationship statuses. 1,871 political rants.
73 public break-ups. 50 weddings.
45 pregnancy announcements. 110 pizza parties.
1,120 photos of that one friend’s cat. and COUNTLESS, countless selfies.
What would happen if all of that suddenly went away?
What would happen if the Facebook button wasn’t there anymore? What would happen if when I was riding in the elevator, standing in the checkout line, or bored at a party, I couldn’t hit a button and suddenly be informed of what hundreds of people all over the world were doing just then, right that very minute?
Would I be lonely? Lost? BORED OUT OF MY MIND?!
In a sudden surge of strength one stressful morning, I actually held the button, pressed the little X and just like that, it was gone.
Facebook was gone.
What happened next?
Well I went to work.
I made some sales. I went on lunch break.
But instead of grabbing my phone and wolfing down my meal while I mindlessly scrolled, I sat.
I chewed my food. My eyes wandered around. I took in my surroundings.
And free from the constant, pelting barrage of the latest chatter and who’s who and what Mike ate for lunch and whether Agnes should make the chicken fingers or the casserole and does that dress really make her look fat… my mind rested.
My mind rested.
I’m not gonna lie, it felt weird at first.
Shouldn’t I be doing something with this moment? Shouldn’t my mind be…busy? Shouldn’t I be catching up with my friends? Absorbing new information? Reading SOMETHING? ANYTHING?!
The voices in my head were loud. But the voices in my head were liars.
Somehow my mind had tasted an idea, and swallowed it right down. The idea that somehow my mind being busier means I’m actually accomplishing more. The idea that my brain has to be constantly entertained, constantly be fed new information, every second of every hour of every day.
Like keeping up with every person I’ve ever met every 10 minutes is really going to make me a better person.
That Facebook feed…you know that feeling of having one thing that you WILL NEVER (ever) be caught up on? To be forever and ever behind and in 2 more seconds that little gray arrow will pop up and there will be another post and oh my goodness, someone has something to say!!!?
There will always be one more selfie, one more rant, one more OOTD.
But there will never be another NOW.
I finished my lunch break, drained my coffee cup, and went back to work with an uncluttered, refreshed mind.
That was two months ago. And you know what guys?
I haven’t downloaded Facebook again.
I have a little more space on my iPhone, but I have a lot more space in my head.
And that’s 100% worth it.