Epiphone Les Paul – Rewired with Seymour Duncan pickups and vintage braided wiring.
Now what about me. I mean the fleshy me. I’ll have you believe that I live an exciting and fast-paced life. I’m at the gym, I’m eating sushi, I’m on the Bay Bridge, I’m in a band, I am friends with pretty people, you really should get to know me, really. Truth: 80% of the time is actually spent working and sleeping. That means sitting at a desk or lying down.
During my fast I did some really cool stuff in that remaining 20% which, until now, I could not post. I thought it would be no big deal, but I found myself texting pics to someone who would recognize the events’ greatness and comment appropriately. “Rad dude!” – Yea, rad indeed! In the past 40 days I have taken a polygraph examination, filed a lawsuit, completely rewired a guitar, broke up with my girlfriend – twice, got promoted at work, attended an event at UOP with Condoleezza Rice, and dozens of other cool things I would have loved to have bragged about.
Then, after a few weeks, the inquiries came. “Dude?”, “Dude, you alright?”, “So you think you’re too good for us?” I had a friend from grade school (who I heard was dead) contact me from Linkedin and say “Where are you? Are you off Facebook? Did you get dumped?” No Bud, I didn’t get dumped (wait, yes I did) but that’s not the reason. I’ll be back soon! My brother Scott, who I don’t talk to until football season, even texted asking what happened. What Happened? That’s it! Something is assumed to have happened to you. No one just deactivates their Facebook account on a whim. I see dead people who still have accounts. (I see dead people?)
So I have to ask: Is Facebook a part of your life? Is it just something you do at lunch or before bed to get a chuckle? Maybe check up on friends or family? Or is it your WHOLE life? Do you get anxious that you might be missing something? Are you pissed off that your friend is having lunch without you? Are you changing your profile pic daily? Are you taking all the comments, or lack there of, as a personal insult; stewing on your perceived slights and then posting cleverly worded passive/aggressive messages in hopes that a certain someone you were too chicken shit to face sees it? There is no way to be a part of this social monster and not come out with some hurt feelings or resentment. I have to remind myself that it’s for fun and to try and be kind to those whom I may not agree with. (remember to just “hide” people from your news feed, you’ll come to your senses in 30 minutes or so) My de-friending (un-friending?) is stuff of legend and I’m working on my blocked list. I don’t want to be defriendly.
As the lure to post subsided, I found that just like anything else that you neglect, it fades. There is work to do, goals to strive for and people; live people to interact with, listen to, care about. I did find that I worked out less. Without the reminder that all my gym buddies where hitting it hard by seeing their posts, I just did my thing. My thing is sometimes really lazy and that’s alright. We all should try to take ourselves a bit less seriously. This is recommended conduct for Facebook also.
I found out that life, with or without Facebook, moves on. I will get along without my cell phone. I won’t cease to function without my iPad. If my car breaks down, I’ll ride my bike. If I get hungry enough I’ll kill something and eat it. (Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!) Admittedly I am a tech junkie, but also a child of the 70’s. I remember rotary phones, Changing the channel by hand, 8-Tracks, The Pet Rock, Big Wheels, Nerf football in the front yard… New things come and go, but simple pleasures are always the best.
I’m looking forward to returning with a fresh perspective. I worked out less and did not pray any more. It’s not Facebook, it’s me. I’m always the cause of my problems. I like my friends and I like my Facebook friends. They are one in the same. In fact, I have met everyone who is a friend on my page. I need their encouragement, their wit and troubles. It’s a wonderful idea – connecting. Just need to keep it in check.
Now, let the games begin!!!