Today I’m Free

Written by on April 20, 2014 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

…well, at least from Facebook for a while.

Yesterday morning, it hit me how much Facebook affects, not only my life, but the lives of those closest to me. I was filled with a sense of rage that the online world would take so much precedence that it would usurp the real world, real lives, real people and experiences.

I had to step back a while — not bearing to witness this phenomenon taking up so much space in other people’s lives never mind mine.

I’ve been doing a really good job working on my manuscript for Where There’s Smoke — a lot of productive writing, but I find myself still spending more time on Facebook than I like. So I’m going cold turkey, giving myself a break, coming up for air to fill my lungs with some much needed oxygen. One thing for sure, now that I’m not making fairly regular posts on Facebook, I will be publishing more here.

Strange, how as soon as I hit that deactivation button, I needed to come here to publish something. But here is where I need to be.

So, I’m free…in a sense. Free to not be held hostage to my fascination for interesting photos with inspiring quotes and a continuous stream of snippets of information. I already miss my friends, the real ones, not the just “friend request” ones. But I know they will be there for me when I get back, and there’s always email if we need to connect.

I want to slow down. I want to hear the sound of my own breath. I want to ingest less and digest more.

I know I’ll reactivate my profile page again, but I’m interested in seeing how much of what I create here I can take with me there. Perhaps set a habit of writing on this blog, and then continue that when I return to Facebook.

Facebook is an interesting place to visit, but it should never become a substitute for real living or real creativity.

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About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. "For the Sake of Love” is her collection of songs written on Demian's healing journey, and “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” is a children’s book she wrote for her daughter about the interconnectedness of life published by Illumination Arts and endorsed by Jane Goodall. Currently, Demian is working on recording episodes for her podcast and writing on the "Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse". .


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