On taking a digital break
From a digitally-caffeinated world
What better time than the end of the year, and 2020 at that, to take a much need break from the digital world? I’m trying to spend less time online for the rest of the year; to pause, pay full attention to the tiny humans in my life, and actually read the articles I’ve been bookmarking for years *gasp!*
Below are five things I thought were worth sharing this week:
I’m taking a digital break. To reset my system. Reset my attention. To be reminded of what it's like to pay full attention to my surroundings. To laugh really hard at the antics of my insanely ridiculous 2-year-old niece who is extremely hilarious because I’m paying her my full attention, and not half-heartedly chuckling while distracted looking at someone’s Instagram post. Someone I don’t even know. What. The. Actual. Fuck. Dear, Self. It’s also a good addition to my digital declutter journey.
I’m currently reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, a biography about the self-proclaimed introvert with three hit TV shows who commits to saying yes to one long year and the excruciating yeses that changed her life. There’s enough information out there on the nos we can say to tackle our digital addiction. But, what are the yeses that can improve digital well-being? What excruciating yeses can we commit to to improve our lives? Whether it's a 30-day social media break or paying full attention to the tiny humans around us, let’s add more yeses to our lives. Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes.
Nathan Zed is a famous YouTuber, and one of my favourites, who quit social media for 4 months back in 2018. In this hilarious 10-minute video, Nathan shares with us why he decided to take a break from social media and what he learned from the experience.
A quote I want to share with you this week:
You are only free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.
— Maya Angelou.
Our lives are filled with things we need to do. Until we look a little more closely at those needs. The need to check our email every 15 minutes, or empty our inbox. The need to keep something perfectly neat, or dress to work in the latest fashion. The need to meet with everyone who wants a meeting. But, where do these types of needs come from? They’re completely made up, and we can let go of these fake needs.
That is all for this week!
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