I remember it clearly.
I was home on maternity leave with my son, in the middle of winter I remember saying to my husband this will be so good to bring a social life to me… now having a newborn.
Next up the smart phones. Super convenient right, 100%. Almost TOO convenient. Ive realized just how much I do pick it up. Yes with work, I am on my phone alot with messages and emails especially.
One thing I am re-learning is boundaries. Especially with my phone and my time. Its almost TOO easy to get a hold of someone. We are way too tied to our phones in a very bad way. I admit I have been guilty of it myself, I am working at being much more conscious in the moment and BE present. I think of back in the day, before cell phones, people were SO MUCH MORE prepared. My parents used to have the business phone ring at home – this meant it rang ALL day and evenings and weekends. I remember may school breaks or snow days sitting answering the phones. However, if we weren’t home… no one answered. Yes, there are clear benefits to having cell phones now, along with healthy boundaries.
People were so much more prepared and present before social media and cell phones! Even within the kitchen alone. True home cooking, very little in “boxes” and if they were it was boxes of real meat. Im grateful I grew up seeing the family side of a trades business. It truly helped prepare me for the woman I am today.
Boundaries are SO important with phones and especially “social” media – cause its not social, thats totally the wrong word in my opinion. Yes its a form of communication, but “social”?! I guess I think of social as being healthy and good for us, however too much social media is isolating, time sucking and not healthy at all. Seriously, can you determine what is real, or many times who is real?
I appreciate social media, for the connection, and Ive noticed when I am feeling completely out of control of something (for example my husbands healing journey the past 15+ months) I grab my phone and scroll. Do I remember anything, nope most times not cause I am literally just scrolling, wasting time.
Im shifting this. As I blogged about yesterday, I used to love my blogs, reading them, learning and sharing my own stories.
I keep hearing – take a step back – actually take a huge step back. Truthfully I think society needs to in a big way. Do we really need things instantly? Nope. Look at how what we search or my god sometimes even just think of something and an ad shows up on our phone – what the hell is that?
A reminder to BE present. Allow social media to take a far back seat. I love sharing about my own health journey and holistic health options, however I feel my blog is so much more authentic to me.
So cheers to more pen to paper and blogging in 2022!