The desire to connect offline in a modern-day social media society is quite the contradictory, wouldn’t you agree?
Whether you like it or not, agree or disagree, most of us are subjected to playing a part in the modern-day social media society ever since the dawn of the everlasting Internet era.
We get high on likes and follow-backs, feel annoyed or depressed when there’s no reaction to our most recent post and slowly let our life turn into a world of fake make believe.
Truth of the matter is, that at the end of the day nobody actually cares about what you post on social media as they’ll forget your feed just as fast as they forget why they turned left instead of right at the usual traffic light.
Thus it is increasingly worrying that we lose our ability to truly connect with one another in real life. We should remember that our lives are not the lives we put on display on social media. Your real life doesn’t have a filter, there are no touch-ups, there are no hashtags that make people like you for who you are.
Your life is your life, as late poet Charles Bukowski once wrote, and increasing the true value of your life should be done by reappreciating the art of conversation with others, by connecting with like-minded individuals and to grow your inner self.
As we set out on a new year, with these early January days slowly awakening our spirits, it is connecting with others what I will work towards and embrace more. In the past years I’ve learned that true value in life comes from being able to give to others instead of just giving to yourself. There is no dopamine rush greater than the high of a fulfilling and mindful life drenched in thankfulness.
My wish for you is that you embrace your life and the life of those around you, instead of the social media life you think you need.
On a closing note, I would like to share with you the poem The Laughing Heart by late, great poet Charles Bukowski as read by the musician Tom Waits.