I quit most of my presence on social media and I don’t intend on spending (read: wasting) any more time on it. Except for my occasional post on Facebook, I gradually stopped seeing the point in using those platforms.
I see the value, both personally and professionally, that they can bring into people’s life, but I can’t see it in mine. I currently reside in the southern parts of Nicaragua, where Internet is almost considered a luxury. Given these environmental circumstances, my access to the World Wide Web is largely limited and I don’t mind that at all. On the contrary, I love it. It just makes life so simple and that is all what I want my life to be: simple, good and happy – a very modest yet ambitious life goal.
I feel that Social Media, or the Internet in general, takes this simplicity away and in return makes our lives unnecessarily complicated. It sounds paradoxical, since this worldwide connectivity is there to make our lives easier. But this is the common misconception of things that are “easy” and things that are “simple”. I certainly don’t want my life to be easy – no, sir! I believe in the last few years I have been doing a fairly good job at giving myself enough challenges and difficulties to build the strength of enduring many hardships; all the while trying to enjoy every second of it. I also believe that those challenges and difficulties are cornerstones of building a character that is strong, deep, complex and fascinating. Those opportunities rarely present themselves in an easy life.
But simplicity; this is what Bruce Lee deemed to be brilliance and I agree with his statement. By blocking out the many complications and distractions we are subjected to on a daily basis, we are able to focus on the few things in life that truly matter to us. For my part, this is what I call a simple life. And in that regard, social media doesn’t play a vital role. For a few months I used to put most of my focus on Instagram, but no matter how hard I tried to make it sound like me, I never saw myself in those short posts. I would cringe at myself whenever I had to come up with ridiculous hashtags in order to reach as many people as possible. “What the hell are you really doing here?” I would ask myself. “How much value does this bring into your life?” The answer is: None.
As many of you already know, one of my main goals in life is to write and to improve my writing every day. So, if I spent say a hundred hours on using social media platforms to their fullest extent, then that would be a hundred hours I could spend on honing my skills as a writer. Sure, I would definitely get a better following by spending hours on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and so forth, but my priority is not to reach as many people as possible or to make money off of these platforms. My priority is about being a better writer. If it turns out that many people love my writing, then that is great; but I see it as a nice bonus and not as the main reward. And as long as I have enough money to satisfy my basic needs and wants, I think I’m good. Again, a simply life is all I want.
I’m fully aware of the fact that I make it unnecessarily difficult for myself to make it in this crowded field of writers who want to “make it” – but this is a risk I’m willing to take, if that means I can fully be myself and focus on the things that I deem important. As I mentioned in the beginning – simple doesn’t mean easy. Also, where’s the fun in life if there are no good challenges to overcome?