When I first joined
I'm a very literal person, and I am (contrary to a few, albeit
So when I joined
I don't remember my first Facebook post verbatim, but it took me longer to write than my Masters thesis project. I wrote, deleted, wrote, changed a word here and another there, and deleted it all. I strove for witty, intelligent, nonchalant, and in-the-know . . . and lots of other traits that most often elude me.
Silly me, I asked my husband to read my final draft. He told me it was "fine". Well, I knew full well what that meant. I started over. Finally, my first post was ready for publication; it went something like this:
What's on my mind is that my kids are going to have a fit when they see I'm on Facebook.
Yes, I have an undergraduate degree in English and a Masters in Composition, and that's what I came up with!
Nine years later, I rarely even notice the "What's on your mind?" in the little box where I type a post. Today, though, it once again caused me to pause.
What is on my mind?
Why, thank you for asking, Facebook!
I'd like to say that my brain is filled with lofty ideas, plans for philanthropy, and nuggets of wisdom to share with the
Am I out of popcorn? Drat, the shrub beds need to be weeded. I bet Vienna is beautiful this time of year. I need to do laundry today. Oh my, look at that beautiful bird at the feeder! I really need to get off this couch and walk -- 10,000 steps today, no matter what. Chocolate ice-cream sounds so good right now. Maybe I'll walk to the store and buy more
Of course, I could never post all that. I collect my thoughts and ask myself, what really is "on my mind". And truth be told, the answer is "not much".
After a lifetime of being sure everything depended on me and, as a result, stressing, plotting, planning, overthinking, reliving, predicting, and overanalyzing ad nauseum, I have very little on my mind.
So . . . what's on my mind?
I think I'll have a bowl of chocolate ice cream.
I appreciate Facebook and how it connects me to so many people I would otherwise not be able to communicate with or get to know. Sometimes, though, it is simply too much. Too much strife, too much fake news, too much of too much. What do you think? And how do you utilize social media without becoming overwhelmed by it all?
(meme courtesy of Pinterest)