Yesterday I got back tonight from spending 1000km in a car with a very energetic 5 years old and two teenage exchange students.
There have been moments over the 13+ years that I’ve been blessed to be in Australia when I’ve craved nothing but the beautiful mountains, the gorges, and wildlife that reminds me of Oregon (home).
Don’t get me wrong, Australia is beautiful.
However, there are deep pangs within my soul for landscapes that feel like my roots.
When we trekked up to the Coalseam Conversation Park outside of Mingenew, WA I felt like I found a little sliver of Oregon tucked into the regional areas of WA. I almost started to cry when I hugged my husband.
There’s something about being aligned in the deep part of your identity — those anchors — that grip us when we least expected it.
After a huge day of driving and strolling through beautiful natural fields of wildflowers, I ended up in deep thought.
‘There are 365 days per year, and lets say I spend 5 hours online daily trolling through people’s curated social media accounts. That’s….That’s almost 2000 hours of my life that I’m searching for a distraction, a sense of identity and inspiration in some form.’
I’m not inherently against social media, in fact many of you have come to receive these words because of our connection online. There’s no denying the power of it.
However, I wonder if I could be using those 2,000 hours more diligently. Perhaps to squeeze in more yoga, more time with friends, more times without a screen in my face when my daughter is wanting me to show me something.
…I went upstairs in our Air BnB and immediately disconnected my Facebook and Instagram accounts…I’m not sure if it will be forever, or a couple of days or months. All I know is that I don’t want them right now in my life.
I had this deep sense of clarity, call it Divine Intervention, that my identity isn’t wrapped up in what I do, how I show up, or how I play online. It also doesn’t show up in how successful my business or career pathways are by external markers of success.
Maybe this is what the last days of being 35 looks like or maybe it’s the quickening of my faith, or maybe it’s looking at my life wondering if I’m engaging in it as deeply as I could. Am I buying the rhetoric that I can’t be everything that I am ‘supposed’ to be as an entrepreneur without being in the online space?
I think that eliminating social media is almost impossible now in our current world. However, the days and hours that we have are exactly the same weight and viscosity as they were pre-social media.
We do only have one sweet precious life.
How are you going to spend those precious 1875 hours?