I can’t imagine this but I know in my heart that people who live life off the grid are probably happy AF! Living off grid gives you the freedom and independence that I’m craving now more than ever. With the current state of our country and the impending future, I’d like to be as independent as possible. So many things are at stake within the next 4-8 years.
We are creatures of habit and so many of us live our lives by how many likes we get on what we post. Social media has turned us into narcissistic zombies and we don’t even realize it. Although my future son-in-law said that everyone needs a little narcissism (I agree; balance is important); this is a whole other ball game. I’m a few days into my social media detox and I’m seeing how much my phone and social media controls my life. I am doing this for my first Commit 30 challenge, but honestly I shouldn’t need a guide to keep me offline! I just need to simply UNPLUG!
I remember years ago I used to think that I didn’t need a cell phone let alone a smart phone. Now I panic when I think I’ve lost my phone or that I left it at home. Constantly checking our phones has become a habit that has snuck up on us with such ease that we don’t even realize it. It’s such a big part of our lives and it’s kinda scary. Living off grid is not just about social media and cell phones; I don’t see myself getting past that hurdle to even begin to truly live off the grid. Not only that, I need to live on the grid. I am not made for living off the land and living the simple life. A minimalist lifestyle is life goals for me, but it’s like taking a baby calf from its mother.
I do want to make some changes in how I live my life. I want to have a purpose. I have a job, a decent car, my bills are caught up for the most part, etc. Sadly, I don’t feel that I live for my purpose. Mainly because I have yet to determine what my purpose is. Maybe I am having a semi midlife crisis. I will be 38 next month so that is possible. I just feel like I should be doing more and I want to do everything. Does that make sense?
At this point in my life, I feel that I need to make a difference. Posting inspirational quotes and positivity on Instagram is not the way to make that difference. I want to truly create change and if I can’t go off the grid, I need to have a purpose; a reason to be on the grid. My cousin reached out to me last week and wants me to help her get her health on track. I am far from an expert on this; but I think this is what I need. Being able to help someone and work on myself at the same time is a great move toward my purpose. I don’t want to point my finger and tell someone what they need to do when I need to work on myself too. Also this is a great way to become more connected with my family. That is definitely something I need to work on.
I see so many people with self-help books, podcasts, seminars, etc. and I wonder what makes them think that they are experts on whatever they are speaking about? Do they realize that the people they try to reach out to do not have the means that they do and that they are sometimes creating a false reality for others? I also wonder if their goal is to really help people or are they attention seeking narcissist who crave the ultimate social media fame. Many of them only show you the good things in their lives which is why so many of us are constantly trying to paint a picture and reach the unattainable. No one is perfect and what you see is not always what it appears to be.
All I will say is; we live too much of our lives through social media and we can never really know what is real. I want to live in the moment; in my purpose and my truth.