I’ve taken almost two full months off social media.
At first, I didn’t think it would be possible. The amount of time I spent mindlessly scrolling was quite extensive. I had no idea how long this “cleanse” would last, but I knew it was needed.
I learned so much about myself and this world over this course of time.
I realized how often I look for validation from others.
I realized how much time I waste trapped behind a screen.
I realized how shallow some—OK most—relationships really are.
I realized how quickly disappointment and discontentment set in with each session.
I realized how beautiful and fulfilling and validating the real world is.
Some people didn’t even notice my absence—another important lesson.
However, a few people reached out to express concern or share love.
One conversation stands out above the rest. It is a conversation I will never forget.
A woman approached me and said, “I have noticed you haven’t been posting online at all lately. I miss watching your kids grow up!”
It was a sweet comment—one that should have flattered me. But my response was so automatic, so genuine, and so deep that it caught even me off-guard.
With tears in my eyes, I responded,
“I know, but I finally got the chance to.”
Even writing this now, tears are streaming down my face.
All too often, I am trapped behind a screen. Snapping the perfect picture. Creating the perfect post. Commenting a witty comment.
And all too often I miss what is right in front of me.
Life looks very different through a lens.
And let me tell you, I have learned that my beautiful life doesn’t need a filter.