The importance of curating a life offline.
One of the best things about being born in the nineties is that whilst I remember a time that centred heavily around Nickelodeon, Pokemon and playing out, I also remember the rise of the internet, social media and smartphones.
Technology really shaped my teens and early twenties and like most of you it dominates my life. I’m constantly refreshing Twitter, checking in on how many likes my latest Instagram photo got, thinking up new blog content ideas. I work with a computer all day at work and then I come home and sit on my Macbook or phone – It’s actually a little bit sad but it appears that this is what life is like for most people now.
We are always on the hunt for approval from our peers, we want to be seen as living the perfect life and in a world where numbers are a big deal, we are always hoping that other people like what we share enough that they click that little follow button.
And it’s bloody exhausting isn’t it?
When my boyfriend went away last week, rather than getting sucked into a social media black hole I made the effort to see my friends and family. I drank cocktails, ate all the carbs and nearly cried watching Pete’s Dragon. When he came home I left my Macbook lying unused and unloved on the coffee table whilst we spent time together, cooking delicious meals and watching tv shows without interruptions from other screens.
It was great.
In fact it was such a great week that it led to an unintentional mini blogging break and it made me realise how so much of my stress and worry comes from being online. I’m always comparing my life to others, lusting over the latest high end up make up drop or wishing that I was on a white sandy beach working on my golden glow (just kidding, milk bottle for life).
Spending quality time with my nearest and dearest had such a positive effect on me mentally that it actually shocked me a little bit – Maybe the experts are right and social interaction is good for us humans, who knew?
It made me realise that the majority of us are so heavily involved in our lives online that we forget that we have a life to curate offline too.
So with that in mind, remember to do things because they will be fun, not because it will make fabulous content for your blog. Share that meaningful quote on Twitter because it speaks to you, not because you think it will get you a load of retweets and a handful of new followers. Eat that sprinkle covered ice cream because it tastes great, not because it will look good on your Instagram feed.
Instead of worrying about the life you have behind a screen, take a moment to live in the moment and appreciate the real things that you have in your life.
You never know what you might be missing out on.