Offline is the new luxury – Unknown.
As you may have guessed, there hasn’t been much happening on the blog this month. I simply haven’t had the inspiration to write anything solid. As much as I have sat and pondered about different topics, events and life changes, there has been nothing I have wanted to share or to write about so publicly. For once, I have wanted to keep things to myself, opposite to my usual theme of oversharing. The same thing happened over this bank holiday weekend, except for a different reason entirely. I was too busy living life in the moment to stop and capture it for Instagram, or tweet about it online. I was enjoying myself with my close ones, and it was like a breath of fresh air. When the time came to post a new photo, I’d lost over ten followers, but I had gained so much more from my own personal enjoyment than any one of those numbers could have given me.
Sometimes, when all we think about is online content, it can become stagnant. It is the same photos, the same locations, the same everything that we forget what is real life and what is curated for the “perfect feed”. I know it from my own posts; I want to create something beautiful, honest, raw and imperfect so that it looks different from what everyone else is doing. In doing that, it has fallen into a dark hole of having the exact opposite effect. We are all striving for the same thing, despite the difference of personal appearances. We are doing it to get more numbers, more likes, more follows. You can’t even deny it. So, does that mean we’re even doing it for ourselves any more?
In taking a step back, it has refocused my mind on what I want to be creating, or sharing. Not only that, but it has reminded me that I have other hobbies, passions to focus on as well as enjoying the more personal moments that people don’t get to see online. I have been writing, seeing friends, catching up with family, working, reading, dreaming. I had the best afternoon yesterday which consisted of so much food, wandering around Waterstones and Dawsons and then being silly along the Albert Dock. I had a smile stitched onto my face the entire afternoon, and I didn’t feel the need to share it online. It was much better to continue in the flow of the moment rather than halt it in order to capture it, edit it, write a caption and add all thirty hashtags.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love sharing stuff online. I still enjoy taking photos and editing them for Instagram. I love to pour my thoughts out onto the keyboard. I’m happy to scroll endlessly through Twitter to see what’s going on in the world, adding my own anecdotes here, there and everywhere. It is part and parcel of today’s lifestyle, but having that time offline has proved that being online isn’t detrimental to my own happiness. It is just an added spark that helps me connect with different people, explore new ideas and share my own.
So, in conclusion to that hefty ramble, you should take time offline to…
Recuperate and reflect on what is really important to you.
Explore other creative directions.
Live in the moment.
Spend time with physical people, rather than your screen.
Return bursting with new ideas.
What are your thoughts with disappearing offline for a few days, or perhaps even longer?!
Love, Faye xo