Joining this lovely writing prompt link up "Write or Die Wednesday's" hosted by:
Mia from The Chronicles of Chaos
Vashelle from Shelly's Cabaret
Every other week we get a writing prompt to create a story or a memory to share. The prompt that was picked for this bi-weekly link up is:
I have debated on this topic for over a week. Originally I thought about the importance of taking time to date yourself. We always claim to be so busy running around that we never take a moment for just ourselves. I'm guilty of it for sure.. I find that I'll stop and watch TV, sit through a drive thru or scan through facebook. When I say take yourself for a date I mean go for a pedicure with just your ipod, taking yourself to your favorite restaurant and sitting in & eating or going to the beach with just a book for the day. I know that with kids these things aren't always that easy but taking time for yourself is important.
Then over the weekend I lost my favorite dog - Grizzly. Through the past couple of days I feel like I'm just walking through a routine with no feeling at all. Everything is numb and unfamiliar. I'm used to having a little shadow following me around, that little smiling face making me smile as well. I just feel empty and lost. My whole day from start to finish is so foreign & just full of empty space. I feel like I spent so much time wasted on watching TV or searching through pinterest that I could have spent with him. I ended up writing a post about Grizzly Monday afternoon so I decided to go a different route.
Social Media has overtaken our quality time with other people & ourselves. Every sit down at a restaurant and look around?? If two people are at a table then at least one of them is on their phone. While getting a pedicure people are on pinterest, instagram &/or facebook. We have allowed social media & the instant connection to take over our lives. A couple of weeks ago I went to IHOP with my hubby & at one point we were both on our phones instead of spending time with each other. I have also become aware that it's hard to stay off of instagram or facebook for more then a hour at a time. I feel like we are so interested in 180 peoples thoughts that we aren't getting to know the people who we claim are so important.
We don't spend enough one on one time with ourselves anymore, we are missing our on the important moments by being sucked into social media & for me walking through unfamiliar days since my little dog passed away. Overall I feel as our years go by we become less attached to human connections and rely mostly on electronic connections. Our electronic connections lead us to more empty space then what we had ten - twenty years ago. Hopefully as we look for ways to simplify our lives we consider spending more one on one time with our loved ones & with ourselves.