Several weeks ago, I was sitting on the grass watching the light shine on the Baltic Sea and the words write themselves on my heart, Get off social media, and it feels like freedom. It feels really, really good. That was July, and I deactivated Facebook a week ago and deleted Instagram and Twitter from my phone. What does it feel like in reality? I still can’t decide.
I walked into the kitchen of our AirBnB host in Helsingør, and my first thought was, I need to post a photo of this. These are the thoughts perhaps that concerned me about my social media intake and output. I could see that I wasn’t appreciating life’s little moments for the sake of appreciating them but I was looking for what to share. There’s nothing wrong with sharing, but I cannot help myself. I am an in real life sort of person. The virtual thing has never appealed to me. Blogging only works because it is a means to share words and ideas, if it wasn’t for that, I would probably quit this space, too.
So hello there, the handful of you who are reading this now that I can’t share this post on any platform. It feels good to “see” you a bit more clearly perhaps? I’m typing on Husband’s laptop by the way, and it’s a Swedish keyboard and a PC, basically I am really struggling. And apologies for some weird text things and typos.
I know that most of the posts I’ve written lately are of the more reflective, heavy nature, but I am hoping in the next weeks and maybe months that there will be more every day writing happening here, not just the serious things, but also the fun, quirky and every day stuff and perhaps a rant or two. Ok, probably more than just two. There are a few soapboxes I’ve been itching to stand on, and I will probably go ahead and do that. Likely the PC typing is going to keep me a bit shorter as well, and that is probably a good thing.
Whoever you are and whatever reason you come here to read, just know that I am thankful for you, and I am hoping to honor your presence with more words here in the weeks to come, and if you want to tell me who you are in the comments, I promise I will say hi back.
22 thoughts on “on quitting social media”
So nice to hear from You again. This is Jennifer Martin!
Thank you for your kindness, Jennifer. Lovely to have you here.
My heart leaped when I saw your email Pop today! So good to hear from you and I look forward to keeping in touch:)
Yes, Jacquelyn, I am looking forward to that as well. Thank you for reading.
I love your writing,
So I’m here!!
You are so kind, Anna, and it’s great to know that you are here :).
Keep writing Devi and we will keep reading!
Thank you Amma :)!! So glad you read along.
I’m here too and thrilled you’re still writing–I always look forward to your posts 🙂
That means a lot to me, Christy. Thank you!
Always good to read your words Devi.
Aoife, thank you so much!! It means a lot that you read along.
Hi Devi!! This is Liz (used to be smith) from the ol’ college days. I read your blog, and have for quite sometime now. I always meant to comment before, but never did. I love reading your thoughts, observations, and heartfelt processing. Most times when I read your blog I always come away wishing that I’d gotten to know you more when we were at jbu. I think we would have been good friends. 😉 I’ll be praying for you as your family transitions across the world.
Thanks, Liz, of course I remember you. We really appreciate your prayers. Thank you.
Hey my dear,
love reading your thoughts… Ana
Thank you, Ana! That means a lot.
Hey Devi, good on you for quitting social media – its a good feeling 🙂
Thank you, Felicity. Geat to “hear” from you here!
Hi Ate Devi! I didn’t know you continued posting, good to see the blog’s still up! I’m not a very active social media poster/sharer, but the difference is still noticeable when I find myself without internet – it really helps to look around. Maybe will still take photos 😉 I hope to blog too, but I’m still finding my voice. In the meantime, happy to continue reading about life in the other-other side of the world! hugs!
Hi again Nikki! So glad you will be reading along :).
Thank you Devi for sharing your gift of words. I started reading your blog through 31-Days series on transitions and have been so.very.blessed.by.you. I am currently walking through a major season of transition. your words share my heart. thank you, and may God continue to bless your path
Debby, thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to me. Blessings to you in your transition season, and I hope you will keep reading.