BY: Marc McMahon
What effect does social media have on my life? Am I using it too much? Has it quietly snuck itself into my life as a new addiction I don’t see yet? Is that new addiction my drug addiction cloaked as to much social media use just waiting for its opportunity to pull off its mask and laugh in my face with his horrible demon breath? Or, am I still using social media for the purpose I started using it for in the first place? A place to share my writing, my experiences, and my love with all who care to receive it. In turn, having it help me therapeutically with my recovery and with that my life.
These are all questions I have heard others ask themselves before. So I thought given the amount of time I spend on here that maybe it would not be too bad of an idea to step away from it for a week and see how it made me feel. A self-induced restriction to social media. A sort of case study if you will and here I will share with you my findings. Not to mention probably some joy and a smile and a couple giggles as well. I mean why not its Wednesday and who says we gotta be sad. Shoot we are way closer to Friday then we were on Monday, right?
Anyway back to my findings. The first couple of days I will be honest with you really sucked. I so missed you all and my writing and writing in general because I only wrote the one article last week which is nothing for me when I feel the need to write. I felt as though I was missing out on something fun. I felt left out and alone sort of for that first couple of days. And I also at first thought holy smokers I just may have formed a dependence on this thing they call social media knowing all too well if I do or did that it would be coming from the same monster that controls my addiction.
Is It My Addiction?
Knowing that and knowing how my addiction operates now I know that he would only be using the media dependence to knock me off balance enough to shake the foundation of my recovery and cause me to relapse! That is how the little bastard operates I know this now, cats out of the bag and I got his ass this time. After the initial two days, I found myself more active outside of my home, doing nothing in particular. Walks in the park, feeding the squirrels and spending quality time with my new friend I made two weeks ago.
So days 3, 4, and 5, were a blast and it was during those times I didn’t miss anything but my writing. I had fun just goofing off with my buddy, playing with his dog, barbequing ribs, and simply talking. Even went out to lunch. It was all so normal I loved it. But by yesterday then today I could not wait to get back and share what I have found. I really like having social media in my life and by day 6 I wanted it back but in healthy balance, with my new life I am forming in the real world for lack of better words.
A Healthy Balance
A healthy balance of real life, writing, and social media. Did you know that was possible? No one told me so I’m just going with my gut on this one but sure seems doable to me. If I did that I would never get lonely. Hardly ever bored. And probably would be even happier than I have been up to this point. Everything in moderation now? I never thought that word could or would be allowed back into my life as I had not been able to do anything moderately in the past.
But things are so very different now I wish I could tell you exactly why outside of God has blessed me but I can’t. All I know is that I am in charge of my life today. I seek wisdom from the highest of high counsels, and I praise it for all of that and more. Today my friends I am free. Nothing can happen in my life I do not allow or choose in some way to let into my life. And nothing outside of my control can happen to me unless my higher power allows it. Knowing my God loves me leaves me to rest assured nothing I cant handle will come my way. This is a great place to be at just before my one year anniversary April 10th.
Thank you all for taking the time to read and to be a part of my recovery and a very important part of my life. Stay blessed until next time and I love you!
About the Author: Marc is a 48-year-old Author, Speaker, and Soldier in a war to loosen the grasp that Substance Abuse has on our society. He is a Father, Son, and friend to all those seeking refuge from this incorrigible disease. Marc resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where he enjoys, writing, hiking, and kicking the disease of addiction in the teeth, every chance he gets. As Marc always likes to say, “be blessed, my friends!”