Hello world, and Happy New Year!
I have been offline for a month, logged off all social media and engaging minimally with the world through my phone. It’s been a refreshing way to start the year, and it’s helped create space for myself to focus on the here and now, and it’s brought about a myriad of ideas and my energy levels are high and I feel happy and calm, despite January being very busy and just as dark as any other January.
The main thing I’ve taken away from this month is that the way I (we all) consume information these days – so instant and fleeting, constantly getting updated and having information pushed at us from everywhere we go, not connecting with it on a deeper level – it can lead to restlessness, stress and a feeling of disconnection. When I actively shut out the noise it seemed that time slowed down just a little, I created space for me, and it’s simply made me a happier girl I think.
So instead of jumping back on the fast information diet I’ve decided to open this space to come here to write and share instead of using Instagram as my primary platform. Blogs have been a source of inspiration and learning for me for years, but it seemed they started disappearing for a while with the big wave of Facebook and Instagram. Now, though, I feel they may be on the rise again, anyone have the same impression? Maybe there’s more people out there who also feel the need to have a quiet space that is theirs, not run by algorithms or driven by competition, but being more true to how a story, how life, really unfolds, day by day, week by week. You come here and there are no immediate distractions. I’m not sure what or how much I will write here, but this month has definitely inspired me to start putting some words to (digital) paper.
Here’s a few things I’ve done in January:
Reading a chapter in my book on the train on my way to work, or just looking out the window or listening to music (I intend to keep doing this). I’ve rediscovered my love for reading and have consumed three books so far this month. (These books for those who are interested: The Little Book of Lykke, Eneste, and Slik lever vi her. All very different books with very different topics and styles of writing).
Caught a train and biked or walked to work every day. It’s been a refreshing way to start the day. My goal for this year is to not drive to work at all unless I have to for some reason.
Reading about other people’s experiences about logging off. I had already decided I wanted to log off to start the year, as an attempt to keep some of that quiet feeling the Christmas break gave me, and then this blog post showed up just before the new year and it was the perfect timing. I have really enjoyed reading and watching the resources she’s put up to go with your offline period. If you’re thinking of doing a no social media period yourself, I highly recommend checking it out.
I also read this post, written by a guy who logged off for a month, and although I was never as active as he was online, I recognise a lot of the same experiences he had. Well worth a read.
So where do I go from here? I don’t think I’m quite ready to be logged in again, not on a regular basis anyway. But I do want to put more words on a page than fits in a caption on Instagram. So here I am. x
January 1, 2018