One week without Facebook and with next to no YouTube. Do you think the Earth shifted and everything changed? You’d be kind of right. Here’s what I’ve learned and my current achievement log.
Time moves so much slower these days. Each day stretches out and seems to contain time enough for anything. It’s as if not filling each little gap and crevasse with YouTube clips and mindless scrolling makes me more present in the actual day… who would have thought? Well, everyone, you might say. And fair enough, this seems fairly obvious. But I didn’t think I would be able to feel it.
Do you remember when you were a kid, how 20 minutes was enough to get all sorts of things done? If you got to “play for another 20 minutes, and then it’s time for bed,” bedtime was still a whole story away? The princess would have time to reach the castle, the lion could eat at least three more bandits in the jungle, and the captain of the pirate ship could find, bury and make a map for his treasure.
That is what I feel I’m slowly getting back. These minutes that are eternities long, and which I can use for whatever I want. I have been bored this week for the first time in… I have no idea when I was last bored. But it’s great, because then I get to think of something new, and exciting, and fill that time with work and play and words.
Only boring people get bored, they say. I’ll argue this is no longer the case. Boring people are stuck to their phones. Only offline people get bored.
More than anything, I expected this first week to be difficult. In my mind’s eye, I could see myself typing “F” and pushing enter a hundred times a day, only to groan when I saw the login screen, remembering that I wasn’t supposed to go on Facebook. This didn’t happen. Granted, I’ve typed it in 3 or 4 times, but that’s over the week in total.
YouTube has been a harder crutch to part from. On an average day, I get bored or frustrated about 60,000 times, and I long to go and watch something stupid. Not watching YouTube during the day and having to curate what I do watch, as I can only watch 15 minutes, has been so good for me, but much more difficult than I expected it to be.
I’m making good progress towards most of my standard goals, except writing. For reasons I haven’t quite figured out yet, getting back into writing after Christmas has been hard. Here’s to a new week.
How was your week? I would love to know. Have you PMed me your address and date of birth yet? If not, now’s the time!