This past week I added myself to the queue for the iphone 5S and I watched this (though I’m not entirely sure in what order):

It’s something I have thought about for awhile, our zombie-like-ness.


This is just sad.

But what really struck me was the idea that we have forgotten how to be alone. The minute we start to feel the “uh oh, I don’t know what to do with myself now” feeling, we seem to need to anesthetize it with texting, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.  It’s a temporary comfort, a dull, mildly satisfying experience… but at the expense of what?

“You never feel completely sad or completely happy…”

I often daydream of just deleting all of my accounts and going all Walden for awhile… but I know cutting myself off technology isn’t the solution either (it’s analogous to when my mom traded in McCain’s fries for quinoa – keen-what?! – 20+ years ago).

So for now, perhaps it’s even to just be conscious. The next time you check your Facebook account, ask yourself why.


unplugging & unfacing

I did something drastic yesterday… something very un-Maya like.
I quit Facebook. Cold turkey.
Why would I do such a thing? 
For a few reasons really:
one: the cultural documenting epidemic…
I’m a little unease with what Facebook is doing to our culture. The more events I go to, the more people I visit, the more I realize that many of us are living our lives in order to document them. We are always snapping pics, searching for the next sound bite, and otherwise trying to validate what we are doing for an audience. All of this comes at the expense of truly experiencing our various moments. I’m trying to live more in the moment and less in the “hey world, look at what I’m doing and how many cool things I’ve done” mentality.  
two: the time-sucking…
For me personally, Facebook was becoming a profound waste of time. Sure, it’s nice to connect with certain people, especially those that are far away – I’ll miss that – but all in all, FB was serving very little purpose in my life. It was a total time-suck at best and an inauthentic connector at best. I want to make a point of really connecting with people – seeing them, calling them, even sending a personalized email. FB was almost too easy. 
three: better things to do…
Life has been really, really busy lately and I’ve been complaining about my lack of free time – time to go to yoga, pilates, for a run or a coffee date. I heard this amazing quote somewhere recently. It went a little something like this: “If you want more time, turn off the TV.” In my case, TV = aimless interneting. 
four: a challenge…

I wanted a challenge! 🙂 I wanted to see if I could go two months without FB and how that would change me/ my life/ my relationships, etc. I may go back in a few months, but for now, I want to give this a serious go.

After the initial withdrawal, I am feeling great. It’s nice to be a little mysterious and to wonder what folks are up to. I do worry that I’ll be forgotten… but it’s a risk I’m willing to take. 
View from our room in Deerhurst last weekend… perfect place to unplug.

Happy t&s,