Hello friends, hello internet, and hello 2015!
I fully own up to the fact that I fell off the grid during the second half of 2014. There were a great number of reasons for my lapse in blogging activity over the past few months (hello, most insane schedule of my life), but I’ve finally begun to re-ground and re-establish myself within my little corner of the universe. Life has a way of throwing everything and nothing at you all at once, and there’s something to be said of the beauty, chaos, and self-discovery that results from the calamity of everyday life.
With that said, though, I’ve resolved to reclaim my existence. And the first thing I’m doing is de-cluttering.
2014 was a year of accumulation. I met a bevy of new people, gained a great deal of experience in my professional fields of choice, and decided to tack on a second degree to my existing graduate program. However, with all of these wonderful, beneficial additions to my everyday life, I acquired other things that have proven to be less-than-necessary. More social media. More negative self-talk. More unrealistic expectations. And much, MUCH more …stuff.
My days of living out of a backpack while traveling during my semester abroad in 2012, in addition to being the most fun string of city-hopping that I’ve ever done, taught me the joy of living with less. There’s undoubtedly something to be said about the paradox of choice, and I’ve found that a life with less superfluous stimuli and distraction is a way to provide an environment in which I thrive creatively, socially, and psychologically. I’m not talking about self-induced poverty or giving away all my worldly possessions – in fact, I’m discussing quite the opposite. Instead of focusing on quantity, I am choosing this year to focus on quality.
Basically, this year, I want to cut all the extraneous shit out of my life and focus on things that are necessary, things that I love, and cultivation of the things that fall into both of those categories. However, I’ve got to start somewhere, and that somewhere is here: the internet.
Starting on Monday, I’m going to deactivate my Facebook account. Facebook has become more burdensome than beneficial – it has allowed me to stalk the lives of people that I haven’t spoken to in 6+ years while simultaneously becoming more distant from those with whom I interact on a daily basis. My intention with deleting Facebook is to allow myself to have more communication and less observation, and hopefully be more mindful with my interactions with others. I’ll still be active on here, Twitter, and Instagram, though – I haven’t sworn off social media entirely!
This is going to be an interesting experiment, to say the least. We’ll see how this goes, but if nothing else, it’s worth a shot. Here’s to a new year with a lot less (while gaining a lot more).