In a world where we tend to overshare everything on social media and blogs, can we ever go back to living a life “off the grid” or privately? And if we can, is it even possible?
I blog because I have family that I haven’t seen since I was 13! I blog about events that I wish they were a part of and I write about stories that I think would make them laugh, and cry, and want to share with other people.
I also blog to keep my sanity; journaling has been therapeutic my whole life. I want to hear others’ opinion on things that I am confused by. I want to know that some of my emotions are normal and that there are people out there that understand what I’m going through.
Writing has always been my outlet. I’m more eloquent and verbose in print than I am in real life. I can spend an hour or a whole day crafting what I want to write about or spend a few minutes of quiet time just doing a massive “brain dump,” which eventually gets edited later. Too bad real life doesn’t have an ‘edit’ option. I have been thinking about trying to “privatize” my life but, I honestly don’t think I overstate as much as some people.
I know the tendency to overshare is for the sake of trying to feel ‘special.’ It’s our generation’s way of “keeping up with the joneses.” We post only the best Instagram pictures, find the best filters and post only what we believe is worth posting about. We want to hide the mess of reality.
I’m tired of looking at different filters and keeping up with the newest trends. Instead, I want to embrace that how I’m living is in keeping with God’s truths, in keeping with the story that’s written out for me.
My bottom line is that I don’t want my story to be pages full of regrets, painted up in different lighting and guilt and lies, and wishing that I had someone else’s story.
I want to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
I don’t know yet the course set out before me and I probably won’t be deleting my social media accounts anytime soon, but I won’t be fixating on my feeds and timelines. I’ll be over in my corner of the world, trying to live screen free and embracing whatever mess my children and I make together.