When I started blogging in 2005, blogging was social media. There was no Facebook, Twitter, or any of the other social platforms that now exist. Do I pine for the days of old? Not really. Change is good, and I am enjoying bringing change into my life now, more than ever.
My wife and I have over the last year dived deep into a minimalistic plan for ourselves. It covers everything from what we own, where we travel, and how we think. We have shed weight, excess physical stuff, debt, and a mindset that says, "more is better". That saying, "he who dies with the most toys wins", is the opposite of where we are at now. It has not been easy, but we follow a couple of rules. If we use the item at least once a year, or it has sentimental value, we keep it. Otherwise it is given away, or trashed.
This allows a greater connection with the things we keep, as well as keeping us more centered with what is truly important in our lives, like family, peace of mind, and friends. One of the criteria was to eliminate as much anxiety from our lives as possible. It's really quite easy to find yourself with too many obligations, and not enough time for relaxation, and enjoyment.
It seems there is just too much endless pratter on some of the social platforms. Social media can be like a drug. You get bored so you head over to see what's happening on this or that platform, and the next thing you know, hours are gone. When I started blogging years ago social media was exciting and new, now not so much.
My thinking is to focus on one or two outlets, and let the others fall to the wayside. This blog is on effort on my part to return to writing, which was why I fell in love with blogging in the first place. I still have Facebook, Twitter, and Google + accounts, but my interactions there will slowing down for the new year.
My hope for 2015 is less anxiety, and and a return to the lightness of being that we are all capable off. Take time to breathe, and don't be afraid of boredom. We need to be bored now and then. Its a chance to find oneself amidst all the noise.
Cheers to The New Year!