Today marks the end of Lent and I will be going back on Facebook again. On March 05, I wrote a post about giving up Facebook for Lent 2017 (Facebook Detox) and now the 40 days are over. I am going, to be honest, I have never given anything up for Lent before but I wanted to give up something that I knew would take a lot to give up. I know some people are always giving up social media for Lent but personally giving up Facebook for me meant giving up being tempted surrounding myself with other people’s lives and forgetting to go live my own. I am constantly clicking on Facebook every morning and every night and checking constantly to get updates on other people, so giving it up was gonna be difficult. Spending 40 days without Facebook has taught me so many things.
I realized I didn’t need it as much as I thought at first. The act of not clicking on it and checking it, allowed me to see how great life is clicking on other things. I managed to spend time clicking on my emails and writing my essays plus I was able to help my little sister learn some educational apps on the tablet ready for her school in the Fall. I also spent more time sharing my poems and my thoughts on here with all you lovely people.
I also found that Facebook was always a distraction even when I wasn’t posting on it because I would spend hours scrolling through and getting involved in some people’s lives and problems because I will forever be worrying about it or thinking about it all the time instead of thinking about my problems. But having Facebook at the back of my devices and having the inability to worry and focus on people’s lives really made a difference to how I looked at my life. I was able to think more about who I am and share aspects of my life that matter to me without having to consider if other people judged me or not.
Facebook was often the app I turned to because I can see gossip and arguments on there which I found interesting or articles that applied to me the most but at the same time, I often found myself on there because I’m just bored. So, without Facebook, I saw the world from my point of view because I was not looking at other people’s lives as a past time and that way I wasn’t affected by anything related to others. Also, I found that I don’t need to look at Facebook every day, so its okay to sign off and leave it alone once in a while. I mean, it did not make a difference to my life whatsoever and in fact, I think it made my life better and brighter because I was so focused on myself that I didn’t have the time or the care to look at what other people have or what others think of me.
Giving up Facebook made me think about what I want in my life and made me realize how important the sacrifice that Jesus gave. Now, I am not going to claim that I have been reformed in some way or that this has made me a better Christian than I was before because I don’t think that would be true because I know that giving up Facebook for Lent is nothing compared to what Jesus had to do in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. But I just wanted to share what this experience has taught me because I want to bring some positive outlook on life and how we don’t need social media every single day and we do not need to be surrounded by other people’s lives because the only life worth living is our own.
Have A Great Day Everyone!