Friends, I think social media has broken me.
Open Facebook, and all my friends are posting their latest achievements: earning degrees, paying off student loans, buying houses, having babies...
On Instagram, everyone is waking up before the sun rises, making all their food from scratch, hiking up mountains, and still managing to find the energy to look fah-reaking BEAUTIFUL in every single one of these moments.
With Pinterest, I'd be embarrassed to tell you how many boards I have dedicated to birthday party ideas for children I don't even have yet.
And every day, Twitter is reminding me that I have the exact same number of hours in the day as Beyoncé. When she was my age, she had roughly 4,000 Grammys already.
I guess social media is kinda making me feel like I'm not doing anything with my life, or that I'm not working hard enough to be Beyoncé or something. I spent all day Sunday reading a book I'd been meaning to check out for a while. How is THAT going to get me to the top of a mountain?
Have you heard that phrase "comparison is the thief of joy"? I've been trying to remind myself of that lately, especially when I consider this week's Freebie Friday.
"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
We're constantly told to make every moment "count." I think a lot of people interpret this as making every moment "productive," but I'm starting to think that it means to make every moment "important," which doesn't always mean accomplishing something.
Spending a free Saturday with my nieces while we drink fake tea and pretend to eat plastic food does nothing to help me make actual food from scratch. But the joy I feel when I'm with them is worth a frozen dinner every once in a while.
Having brunch with a friend doesn't do anything to help me hike a mountain, but it does let me invest in a relationship with a person I really care about.
And spending an entire day reading a book that has nothing to do with school, or budgeting, or "Grammys for Dummies," doesn't help me with... well, any of those things. But I had a crazy week, and I'd earned a little "wasted" time, damn it. And like our Freebie so kindly reminds me, maybe that wasn't really wasted time after all.
For your own reminder to enjoy your "wasted" time, download this week’s Freebie Friday! Just click the link below.
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