I have been doing some thinking, and I know I’d rather be doing things than doing this, or doing Twitter, or Facebooking or whatever. I know why I’ve stayed on this site for three years: my Fear of Missing Out. Which I’m starting to believe is the only reason I use any social network. And yet, more and more, I think this site makes me miss out.
I’ve discussed with friends (who also use this site) before about how much I’ve “discovered” through tumblr, and it’s true, I have expanded my horizons quite a bit here. But it’s also not true. The time I spend here could be spent exploring the places I reblog pictures of, reading the books I reblog quotes from, seeing the films I reblog the gifs of. I barely even post my own thoughts and ideas here since I began journaling again (and I feel off that wagon as you may have noticed by my tipsy blogging since the holidays began) Maybe I wouldn’t have found out about many of these things without tumblr, but does it matter? It’s like plato’s cave on this site and I want to see and experience things. To discover more things I will love, I don’t need this site. I only need my natural curiosity, and sense of adventure. Besides, how can you be missing out, if you don’t even know what you’re missing?
This site was so good to me when I needed it, when I needed the simplicity of it during bad times, but times are changing, or at least, I am making the effort to change them for myself. But it’s been addictive and the instant gratification of being able to see endless images, quotes, etc that relate to your interests and values is probably why I find it troublesome to keep away unless there is a great deal of things going on in my life. and then, why come back? why not keep doing the things that kept me away if they were good things?
Anyways, whatever dudes, keep on keeping on, nothing to see here ;)
Staying inside, blogging, crying over people you will never know, torturing yourself with pictures of delicious food you will never be able to make, looking at pretty photos of things you could experience if you went outside, and being over-sentimental and overly critical about things posted to the internet, etc. is the the new “living life to the fullest”, right?
So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.