I read today that a teenage instagram celebrity had quit social media but/and launched a website to raise awareness about its effects and how it took a toll on her (if I remember correctly). Beyond her article and frankness on some of the captions she edited to show what was really going on behind the scenes and the pressure she was under at the time, the commentaries made an interesting read. Some called it a crisis of conscience by the teen insta-star. I think what tickled and surprised me in equal measure was the seeming shock levels that came as a result of her brave announcement. (You can find a couple of takes on it here) It made me recall this picture where there’s someone reading, lost in an actual book in a plane and everyone around her taking photos because that is how swimming against the current looks now. It had not occurred to me that this would become a thing (I had not known we now have instagram models or celebrities, now I do) but that made me think of what else I have not thought about as ‘a thing’ that has now crowded the space that is my life.
Living alone has its perks but one of the downsides are that after long days, when you are too tired to talk or text (yes, that is a thing), you catch up with people by following what they have been sharing all day. On a good day, there’s some interesting stuff in there. Not just the new car selfies or the fashion and foody pics or the relationship trails (I try not to post so much of those because I am thinking of you 😀 ). Some days we learn you finally got that promotion or that you just watched a movie we all should (and hope that your review will not cost us hours we cannot get back) or that you had a really awesome experience to share. Some days we laugh at the hilarious memes you share – where do you get those? Or sober up for a couple of minutes, thump our chests and soak in the encouragement after we read that quote you posted from pinterest on making it through the darkness or hanging in there because something good is in the making and what not. Then there are those days that we cry because we learn you lost someone or you’re going through a really rough patch or you just got out of surgery and we want to be there to cry and walk it out with you. We are not sad that we learnt of it online, we just want to be there. On those days, no matter how tired or disconnected we are, we call, we text, we talk. So yes, I can understand how our online presence run parallel to our actual lives and sometimes even seem to take over more ground than we care to admit. I can only imagine how much more for a teenager born at the peak of the info-age – it must be crazy. I realized then that I understand why her announcement was that – an announcement and why it sent ripples across her world. She had it all but was choosing outside of the norm and I wished her Godspeed. She might want to keep off the website part and detox for a little while but then again, she might not. Bottom line – we need more people that remember they can always make that daring turn to head upstream. No matter what poison you picked, it is worth it – that shot at getting away from it all.
So today I am thinking and looking to see what clutter is clogging this life. It is definitely not instagram (not at that pro-level lane anyway) but it is something (s) and I need to make my own upstream choices soon; very soon. As it is, the whole superwoman, juggling thing is not working out so well. My system is shutting down and no, even tea has not been able to help. So I need to find a new working formula to either keep me running for the next couple of months or overhaul the entire system – but then again where is the time (says one of the people in my head). As luck would have it, this months read is all about that focus. I should have figured it out in about the same time it will take to go through it twice. Wish me luck and pause the stalking today, call, text, talk to someone. Catch up. Move some of that clutter around. One of us should.