Friday, September 28, 2012

Never Stare Down the Barrel of a Gun

It seems that there are a great many reasons to be hysterical in this society.  We are continually inundated with messages blaring at us in this world.  Two seem to be particularly brash - friendship and sex.  Social media seems to be the thing people are always doing, constantly, every hour of the day.  We know from research that many people get addicted to checking tweets, updates and the like, even to the point of falling into cold sweats and panic attacks if they do not log in within a certain time.  It is also no shock to anyone that we live in a highly sexualized society.  Fifteen years ago I would never have dared to discuss sex on the internet for fear a teenager might hear about it.  Today we find it everywhere.

My point?  When we are obsessed with something, anything, we tend to be less satisfied with it.  We are often not satisfied with our status updates if no one comments or likes it.  We may get into a serious relationship and then become upset if our sex lives do not mirror what porn videos teach us we ought to have.  And because these are the priorities of society at large, it seems more important that we get our way in these arenas. 

People, go take a walk under the clear blue skies.  Read a book.  Close your eyes and listen to beautiful music.  Get to know and fall in love with yourself.  I received an email from a family member whilst in my greater internet seclusion which gave a general update on her family.  I cherished it!  How many times had I seen her online before and casually skimmed over her words?  When we walk away from our obsessions and lessen our barrage of outside noise we are able to better prioritize and recognize what is important and what is not. 

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