For much of the last 4 or 5 years, I’ve spent a huge amount of time at my desktop computer. This has come at the expense of my social life, my family life, and my health. Instead of getting out and getting some exercise, I find an excuse to sit here.
Of the time I spend here at the computer, 90% of my time is spent on Pagan online interests. Reading blogs, writing blogs, reading Facebook Pagan pages, cultivating my Pagan Twitter and Google+ accounts, all take up lots of time. I’ve enjoyed this time for the most part, but I have come to realize that I’m expecting something out of it that I’m just not getting.
After a day spent online with Pagan activities, I’m increasingly no more enlightened or satisfied than I was when I sat down. For a long time, feedback from Twitter, G+, this blog, and other pages was exciting, and it still has its’ rewards. But I’m starting to check back on my social media more and more to see if anyone has reacted to something I posted. Lots of time.
When I get off the desktop to make dinner, I realize that I’ve let the day slip away, often at the expense of going outside, getting any exercise, running errands, doing chores around the house, or visiting family. I’ve started feeling empty because of this.
I like being a Pagan. The problem is, I think I’ve overloaded on it. I think it’s become more important than perhaps it should be, and I’ve forsaken other aspects of my life because of it.
So I’ve decided to limit my time sitting at the desktop, and let my spirituality take a backseat to other aspects of my life for awhile. Armed with an iPads, and an iPhone, I will certainly be able to stay connected with the world, but it might be time to spend my online time on other interests and pursuits. Maybe lighten up a bit, explore some cycling sites, and most of all, get out of the freaking house.
I was just going to do this without any explanation. But I have a good number of Twitter followers, G+ followers, and some nice followers here on the blog. I thought it would be considerate to explain my absence.
The thing is, I’m not having much fun these days. Summer is zooming by, and I figure I’ve got 4 months of cycling weather left, and I need to get out there and enjoy that time.
I’m not sure when I’ll be back, if I’ll be back, or how often, but I want to thank you all for your online friendships, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer.