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It’s been almost a fortnight since life has been a tad bit peaceful. It may sound as if I rue the fact that life has been peaceful because of the “tad bit” part, but I am just being superstitious. You see, I fear, that if I enthusiastically proclaimed that life has been blissful, and oh, so joyous, I might jinx things for myself! Ergo, the underplay of emotions. The peace I refer to has been courtesy of a new habit I developed.
I snapped ties, well, almost, with Facebook. Got myself de-addicted, sort of. For all that Fb did for me: helping connect with long lost childhood friends and distant relatives; bringing the world into my home for me to gape at and wonder in amazement at its awesomeness, and also get acquainted with some really talented people, I am ever so grateful to it. However, it took away with it my peace of mind; succeeded in making me feel (on hindsight) like a complete farce and getting me to believe that what I saw was what the world (apparently) was!
Yes, there sure is a measure of truth in most of the things we learn via the social media, but it does take away our peace of mind and most importantly, our time. Just to while away a few free moments, we check out our News Feed, and before we know it, we are hooked onto it! The 2 minutes we had at our disposal soon turn into 20 precious minutes wasted reading about stuff we will hardly remember after an hour, or so. Time sure flies at a great speed, leaving us feeling ashamed of having wasted it! Be it Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using these social media giants with discretion is what one needs to learn. These sure have the potency to turn us into freaks in no time, at all!
I quit visiting Fb, first for a day, then two and then on a daily basis. At times, I did go have a quick dekko at the stuff crowding my news feed, but then as quickly I retreated, fearing a slackening of my resolve. I spent the time (that I used to waste on Fb) in my books, in my kitchen and with myself, much more productively. And, suffice to say, life is so much more peaceful. I know, not everyone would agree with me about the fact that Fb can be a farce most of the times, except when people share their innermost thoughts/feelings, truthfully. Fb can be the best pal one can have in one’s lonely moments. I can vouch for that. But, it can also become an addiction, and eat up all the time we could use for a better purpose.
It’s my way of looking at the social networking giant that Fb is. But, enough of that, now. The best thing that happened to me is that now I am in a much better space, and in touch with myself. My books – which were my best friends once upon a time – have regained their place of honour in my life. The bookshop is – like earlier times – my favourite hang-out, where I take myself on frequent dates, and return with an impressive collection under my arm on each visit. And, life seems much more brighter. And, that is what matters most, isn’t it? Wish I had realised this earlier, but, as they say, better late than never!
I do visit Fb when I have a blogpost to share – words that belong to me, instead of borrowed words penned by someone much more talented, and who used their time creatively! Fb also gets a visit from me when I have some artwork to share with other artists, and amaze myself with art created by them and learn something in return. Visits that prove to be fruitful and enlightening.
So, thank you, my dear Mr. Facebook! You aren’t such a waste of time!
A note to my dear friends:
Now you know the reason why you haven’t seen me out there all this time? I still love you all, though. That’s one thing that will never change, for sure! 💖