Wrong Side of the Bed

Grudge

I’m waking up feeling a little like this today.

I wanted to just share a picture — a #wordlesswednesday picture, but really — I always have shit to say, so I’m finding that impossible. Also, I have woken up on the wrong side of the bed today.

I find myself constantly bombarded with information and thoughts and pictures.  It’s the age of social media after all.  Ever read things and wish people would shut up? About themselves? About how great they are? About how wonderfully they have mastered the English language and how they want to use all the big words they know in a sentence?

Sometimes I feel this way about all the constant chatter. Sure, I could just walk away from the computer and the iPad and the iPhone.  But — since it’s what I do as a job, there’s really no way around it.

I’m suffering from social media exhaustion.

I don’t mean the updates from friends and people I care about. I don’t even mean cute baby or pet pictures.  I’m so guilty of this, I can’t get enough cuteness. I mean the long winded or rambling blogposts and bios that make you wonder what the hell kind of coffee people drink and can I get a little something something of that.  Kinda like this one.

Here are my thoughts on what you (I) should do when suffering from a similar fate:

  1. When you think you want to reach through the screen and slap someone in the mouth with the open palm of your hand, close your computer/iPhone/iPad/other electronic device and walk away.  Count to ten. Take deep breaths. Roll your eyes. (Sometimes I roll my eyes so far up my head I give myself a migraine.)
  2. Follow only happy people.  Funny people. Folks who don’t take themselves too seriously.  Who write non-obnoxious things.  Here are a few of my favorites:  Mommy Rambles, The Bloggess, Cleverdon Chronicles (a new favorite), and Penelope Trunk.
  3. Talk to people.  I try my very best to schedule regular coffee dates. I sometimes even schedule client meetings, just so I can chat with someone that isn’t on the other side of a computer screen.  It’s rare in our busy lives that we get to just sit and chat face to face with people.  It reminds that people are sweet, and real, and funny — and even more perfect when they have flaws.
  4. Find the freedom somewhere deep inside of you to block, unsubscribe, unfriend, mute, unfollow people.  You know the feeling — when you linger over the unfollow button or whatever it is, and you really, really, really want to do it — but you’re afraid of the consequences? I promise, nothing bad will happen to you.  Pushing that button, especially on someone who gives you migraines, is one of the most liberating feelings in the world. Don’t be held hostage by the crazysauce.

Disclaimer:  It’s completely possible that I am one of those people that this post is written about.  I’m not sure.  I feel well-liked, but I suppose I could be wrong.  Also, sometimes I’m a bit judgmental.  I try not to be, but yanno, it happens.  Also, I’ve only had a half a cup of coffee today.  I’m sure I’ll get nicer as the day progresses. So stick around. 

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