So I gave up Facebook for Lent. Walking away from Facebook has been a breath of fresh air so needed at this time. Facebook is such a double edge sword for me. On one hand I love seeing what friends and family are doing, and on the other hand I hate seeing what friends and family are doing. Confused? So I am I!! I will try and explain.
I love pictures of friends and family on vacation having a great time. I love when people post their newborn pictures of their babies literally minutes after they are born. I love when parents post funny things their kids say. I love funny videos! I love when a tragedy happens we all go on Facebook praying and consoling one another. I love reading thought provoking blogs and news articles that people suggest. It is all really good stuff.
Yet, at the same time I hate everything I mentioned above because sometimes it leaves me feeling jealous of all the amazing things people are doing. It makes me even a little pompous as I pity other peoples lives. I compare my mothering to other mothers who I think are better than I am. I start to worry if my kids aren’t funny enough or curious enough to say cute things. As I read all theses blogs and news articles I am often left with confusion or anger because how could people believe such lies. Other times I am left feeling hopeless for this world.
Does all of that make sense? I love it and hate it. I have gained peace since I walked away because I am not comparing myself to anyone. I am not reading anyones suggested articles with their opinion as a filter. It is kind of refreshing not to hear everyones opinion on a subject. Am I hiding my head in the sand? Maybe a little bit. I am still reading the news, so I do know what is happening in the world. It is nice not being overloaded with information.
I don’t really have a plan for when Lent is over. I am sure I will go back to checking in on Facebook. I hope to do so with a different filter and perspective. I think I will limit my time so I don’t become as obsessed as I was. There is a lot of fluff to Facebook and I hope to filter out the junk.
What about you? Have you learned anything from your Lenten sacrifices? I would love to hear.