It is not a surprise that 2021 has been very much like 2020 — the date doesn’t change the reality of the pandemic, political chaos, and all the harsh truths of post-Internet society. And perhaps that is why I decided to tune out — and instead spent time on things that mattered.
My retreat from the unreal reality of social media and the Internet was more strategic and intentional. It is just the kind of break one needs to center oneself. In today’s society, we have become afflicted with the curse of constant sharing — whether it matters or not. The theater that is social media has only helped erode the sheen of humanness.
I have been writing down my thoughts in an analog journal — and the exercise has made me realize what is worth sharing and what is highly personal. It is vital to re-learn these boundaries as we navigate the increasingly treacherous waters. The importance of what is unsaid is as relevant as what is shared.
I hope you all have a good week ahead.
January 19, 2021. San Francisco