I have found, over the past few years, the directing my social media towards positivity and happiness is just better for me overall. I’ve slowly started to weed out those people on my news feed who are only posting personal life drama, ill-thought political rhetoric (I often wonder if they even know how much intolerance they are perpetuating), the timing and detail of their infant’s every move. I’ve added in inspirational quotes, positive outlook groups, runners and workout folks abound to help me get out of bed in the morning and get motivated to get my workout in, etc.
Today, though, my efforts are backfiring (no, I still do not want to hear your ridiculous argument about the “immigrant invasion,” and no, I am still not interested in the color and texture of your child’s excrement). But today there are way, way too many posts about following your dreams, and never giving up, and being true to your heart/soul/self. I’ve read 3 different articles on this topic. It’s too much.
My bias is evident, however. I am currently chewing over some ideas of what my “dreams” are and how I might consider achieving them. And let me tell you – it’s scary! Generally something is a “dream” because it’s not easily attained. Sacrifices must be made. Comfort zones must be bust through. Risks MUST be taken. It doesn’t get much more frightening. Allegedly, the payoff is worth it. I’ll let you know if that’s true
if when I get there.
With all that weighing on my mind – all these facebook posts about realizing yourself, and getting out of your own way, and forcing yourself to pursue your passions – it’s getting a little overwhelming. Even writing this post! I actually got really uncomfortable putting on paper that I am “chewing over” some things, and closed the document, declaring “I don’t want to write this right now!” I hit the red X and then recalled that google docs insta-saves. Document not gone. I revisited the post. (clearly).
So anyway, I can’t be the first person thinking about making the big plunge into a possible life event with all sorts of risks, trying to decide if it’s the right decision, and how to best go about approaching it. Have you been there? Have you teetered on the edge? Did you jump? How’d it turn out?
I need some reality, not some touchy-feely facebook poster.