It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a Self-Reflection Sundays post. I apologize for that.
I went grocery shopping today. After being out of my apartment for two weeks, I was in dire need of fresh food. As I was walking around the grocery store, pushing my cart, shopping list in hand (yes, I’m a caveman and still write my lists on actual paper), I took a minute to look around me. Many carts strolled by me, full of food and some essentials, but mostly filled with hunks of junk that no one really needs. To top it off, most everyone was either talking on their cellphone, stopped in the aisle reading a text, or snapping a picture of a recent find likely to be posted on instagram in 3…2…1. I looked down at my archaic shopping list and thought to myself, “Stop the madness!”
We live in a world of excess. Not necessity, but excess. We waste gas driving to stores when we don’t really need to buy anything. We grab this and that off the shelves, even though we have twenty lipsticks unused and untouched sitting in a drawer at home. We pay ridiculous prices for the newest iPhone or other technological gadget, even though the one we have works perfectly fine. It’s new, so it must be better, right? Right?? This need, this burning desire, to be a consumer is eating us alive.
And once we’ve finally attained this new device, this beacon of technological-everything, it’s impossible for us to put it down. Leave your phone at home? I know you turn back around to go get it. Forget your iPod on the way to the gym? You bet you turn back around to grab that sucker. Text someone, know they received it, but don’t get a response back? I know you sit there and stare at the screen, waiting for the text message ping. If not, you check your phone every 5 minutes. Stop the madness.
What happened to sitting outside, on a patio or balcony, reading a book or listening to the sweet, serene sounds of nature? What happened to going for a bike ride or hiking along a beautiful trail? What happened to just sitting and observing real life people, watching their responses and their emotions so clearly defined on their faces? What happened to real life? Stop the madness.
We’re always waiting for the next call, tweet, text, facebook post, youtube video, instagram photo. It’s exhausting. We don’t need to know what’s going on every second of every single day… of someone else’s life. And believe it or not, no one really needs to know what’s going on every single solitary second of your life. Do you remember that post by Suzie Q two weeks ago? I didn’t think so. Social media has become such a tremendous part of our lives that we forget to live this beautiful once-in-a-lifetime life we’re so blessed to have the opportunity to live. Stop the madness.
It’s time to unplug. Time to unwind. Take a day off from social media. Go sit outside without your iPhone, iPad, iAnything. Read a book. Have a picnic in the park. Swing on a swingset, slide down the slides. Cook something. Volunteer your time. Go to church. Be around real-life people. Be on your own for awhile, I promise it’ll be okay.
At the end of the day, you’ll be happy you did… because you were able to stop your madness.