Weekly thought & writing update.
Not much to say this week. I haven’t got any writing done this week. I have been reading through Rabbit, on and off, and making notes for draft two. My words this week have been academic, but I will be making time over the next few weeks to work on Rabbit. If for no other reason than to keep myself sane. Writing is more than a hobby, or even a future career, it’s the best way I know of managing my mental health, so I have to find a balance. And I will.
Notifications. Constant beeping and buzzing and tinkling and and ringing. From laptops, and phones, and tablets, and watches and… The list goes on. There is a never-ending stream of gadgets and screens screaming for our attention. I’ve been through phases with it – from loving the novelty, the freedom of the internet anywhere I go, to feeling closed in, feeling pulled at from every direction all at once.
I’ve recently taken some apps off my phone, and turned off notifications from others. I will choose when to check my messages and emails. My phone does not choose that for me. It got to a point where feeling constantly connected to people was causing me anxiety, and that’s when I knew I had to do something.
We live in a world where we are expected to be constantly online, immediately replying to messages the moment they pop up at the top of our screens. For an introvert, like me, it is a constant source of stress.
We all have choices in life, and I am choosing to control my time, instead of letting my phone control it. We are all entitled to time when we are not online, time for ignoring even friends who we love, we all deserve and are entitled to moments of stillness.
I’m taking mine.