No surprises there then.
To be honest, I didn't give up social media for Lent with any particular great expectations. I don't harbour deep feelings of resentment towards social media, in fact I love it. It connects me to friends and family who live too far away to see regularly, meaning that on the rare occasions when I see them in the flesh, saying goodbye loses some of its sting - I know I'll see them on Facebook, probably later that day. Social media has also introduced me to a community of adopters and foster carers which I value very much. On the whole, I feel as though social media has been a definite positive in my life.
But I came to a point where - and this is a personal thing - I just felt saturated with it. On my phone, my tablet and my laptop, the notifications just kept coming. And I kept checking. Many, many times each day. And through the evening. And late into the night. I have little willpower it seems. So I decided to take the opportunity of Lent to be hermit-like and go back in time to a distant era when I didn't know everything that was happening all of the time.
I've been surprised by how easy it has been. It's no hardship to miss out on things when you've absolutely no idea what you're missing! Honestly, (sorry adoption tweeps - I do love you!) it has been good to step away from thinking about and talking about adoption-related things for a little while. I think that's why I haven't blogged much recently either. It has been good to lift up my head and look around a little.
In my mind, I still think in Facebook status updates when something interesting happens or one of the kids does something noteworthy or funny. I'm surprised by how much social media has changed how I think. For the first few days it felt really strange not to immediately inform the whole internet about the odd goings on that make up our days, but I'm getting used to it now!
So, I've probably missed a few birthdays and events - sorry about that! And I'm getting regular begging emails from Facebook telling me I have enormous numbers of notifications. Lent will be over in a couple of weeks. Will I go back to using social media as much as before? Probably!
In the meantime, here are a few pics from our recent wonderful trip to CenterParcs with my parents.
|Spot the red squirrel - yes really!|
|Emergency poncho - well, it was Cumbria in March!|
|We love to swing wherever we are|
|My baby is becoming a big boy!|