So this year for Lent (The period of 40 weekdays that in the Christian Church is devoted to fasting, abstinence, and penitence.) I decided to give up social media. I don’t know if WordPress technically counts as social media, but I’ll more than likely release any posts I write after Lent is over.
So to be clear I’ve given up Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; Twitter and Instagram have me going through withdrawal. Facebook was more like the red-headed step child of social media to me. I could really take it or leave it. But avenues like Twitter (@iamashleylashae) where I can vent publicly and Instagram (iamashleylashae) where I can post pics of myself without feeling vain, are my main veins. I’m hoping that it will turn me to alternatives ways of, well, just being a better person.
I will be “Lenting” from February 13, 2013 (I actually started a day late :-/) to March 30, 2013.
Presently, I’ve only been without social media for about a day (don’t judge me), but I’ve already started finding… well myself I guess. Social media has really given me a chance to stop feeling so alone even though I am very much alone. But I’ve found, that maybe I need to be alone.
I’m in Marvin’s room frequently, but maybe shutting my enablers off will really give me a chance to figure out what sends me into my emotions all the time. I need to repair myself. FB, Twitter, IG can’t do that for me as much as I lean on it.
So in the meantime, I bought a book for some leisurely, constructive reading. I’ve started a yoga regimen, which even though it hurts, I kinda like it ^_^. And I’m spending a lot more time with me and a little less with the world wide web.
Of course this is a time to pray and fast, get closer to the Lord, and believe you me, this solitude should do just that. I’ll keep you posted on how this is going for me.