Hi my friends! I want to write about something that’s been on my mind lately, a bit unconventional for my usual posting but it just keeps coming up in my thoughts and conversations, and I want to hear what you think!
When I was growing up social media didn’t exist. I remember dial up internet and chat rooms- that was my first experience with an online world (I also walked uphill both ways in the snow to get to school-haha!) Now, of course, most of us have social media accounts- many of us have multiple accounts, and it’s a part of our culture that isn’t going anywhere. For me, it’s a part of my business, so I think about it even more than most. And I have a love/hate relationship with it. I adore looking at pretty photos, I love following along with friend’s and acquaintance’s lives via photos and blurbs, I like sharing my own life in snippets and thinking that someone somewhere is happy to see it. BUT. BUT. BUT…… Sigh.
We’re unquestionably more connected to our friends and family (online) than any other generation. We can maintain relationships that span continents and decades, easily. But I worry that we’re actually less connected and becoming less social because of it, that we maintain online relationships that are less fulfilling, pick up the phone to check in with friends less often (via actual phone calls), that we make less effort for in-person interactions because we have a sense of connection via our online lives. And in that false sense of connection, we’re missing out. Companionship is such a critical element to leading a happy and healthy life, it’s a bit troublesome. We need to be hugged and share laughs. We need to be hugged and share tears. No social media account will ever fulfill us in the ways that we truly NEED.
I sometimes feel lonely when looking through my Facebook feed, or scrolling through Instagram. It’s as if seeing all of these people I love, but only on a tiny screen, reminds me that I’m not with them. And, to be fair, we’re at the age where all of our friends are having babies and growing their careers- it’s a busy time! There isn’t as much focus on social get togethers as I’d prefer, understandably, but I wonder if somehow we’re missing something? Do you think about this too?
I’ve been feeling a strong need to get offline more, to get out in the world more. Lou and I are bouncing around the idea of doing an extended RV trip and driving around the country to meet some of you (would you even want to meet us?!) I love the idea of hosting little dinner parties for like minded folks who are looking to take this online world off, for a meal and a bottle of wine (or five). What do you think? Would you join us at a campground for a meal if I promised to make it delicious? Would you want to meet me, Lou, Bean, Nugget and Pepito? Do you think this is a crazy idea? Please please, tell me what you think!!!! xx- Sarah