Social Life

Social media has given us this idea that we should all have a posse of friends when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are lucky.  ~ Brene Brown
I withdrew myself from Facebook as a New Year’s gift to myself this year and haven’t looked back. There are many fabulous groups happening on Facebook, so it can provide a way for people to learn about a subject or share information. It is also a place it is easy to lose oneself in a web or sea of “friendships” that are really a greeting on a freeway or a marketing offer.
Here’s one example of a social media happening I love, but cannot post to Facebook so I am posting here. The group is called Whidbey Rocks where people in my community started painting rocks, hiding them on hiking trails, and asking finders to keep or re-hide the rocks. This message was apparently meant for me, because it was where I pulled out near Deception Pass during travels. It’s a great reminder any time, anywhere. I know exactly where I shield my heart and forget to choose the possibility of Love.
I re-hid it on a trail, intend to purchase some waterproof paint and create a new rock to pass on the good cheer.
Below is another social media use I appreciate that feels positive and helpful, and got me writing a list of all the things I would like to learn before I die.
  • Languages: Arabic (to be able to help in some way with the largest humanitarian disaster on the planet), continue to learn Mandarin, re-learn Spanish.
  • Basic jazz blues on the piano.
  • How to make a fire outdoors without a match – survival skill.
  • Scuba. ($$$$)
  • Climb a rock. ($$)
  • Climb a mountain. ($$$)
  • Basic carpentry skills.
  • Change a toilet seat. For some reason, 15 years of single parenthood has not left me with this skill. YouTube it is.
  • Have a healthy relationship with an offline human being.

P.S. Malcolm Gladwell wrote the 10,000 hour rule of practice theory in his book Outliers. Instead of being able to do a specific skill, he actually refers to becoming a “world-class expert,” those freakishly amazing people that stand out among all others. But mastering a skill is good enough for the rest of us.

About Erin W

A sensitive plant, bamboo strong.
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