Who am I? I often wonder. Today I deactivated my Facebook account. It’s been a long time coming. Somehow I got caught up in it where it became a part of me like an appendage. Checking it all the time. Sitting at work, checking, who has posted, who has replied to something I wrote or some idiotic bit of wisdom I attached. First thing upon rising in the morning is to grab the iPhone and check Facebook. Oh the fucking insanity of it all! It’s another area where there’s just too much information, the waters are muddied and who knows what is real and what is not. Many hide behind their Facebook persona so they can write things they would probably never say in person. So much news, politics, trolls, jokes, bouts of clarity, and lots of insanity and advertisements. So. Much. Bullshit! Years ago I gave up cable TV and I gave it up for a number of reasons. And that brings me to leaving Facebook, because I have gotten caught up in it where it feels like it has overtaken my life and held me hostage. Well, no more! Back I say, back! While I may reactivate some day or maybe tomorrow, I need to do this. Need to disengage from it and get about my life. No, I’m not giving up on the Internet or blogging. I enjoy blogging and love researching topics on the Internet along with finding my own independent news media outlets. And I need to keep up with the “grow your own” and “green” movements as these are areas that are particularly important to me.
I am not saying that social media is wrong, far from it. I like being able to keep up with family and friends. But it’s update overload! And who really cares what tonic water recipe I’m making on a Friday night, home alone, again, naturally? You have to understand that my references to singleness are truth in jest, but mostly jest. My feeble attempts to injecting some type of humor in my writings I suppose. And on that note, what about online dating? Maybe there are success stories as I do know of a few, but not many. I don’t want to get started here, but it reminds of thoughts that have surfaced within my cerebral thinking. Whatever happened to parties and group events where you actually might have met someone? Maybe with all the online interactions I have actually stopped interacting with people? I mean, I get up, go to work, and go back home. Most of my social interaction is at work and we’re at work to work, right? Plus we all leave and go home to our separate friends and family.
It’s just time for me to get back into life and create more interaction with other human beings. Hard sometimes to do when it’s winter, but winter is only here for so long. But that still doesn’t mean I need to log onto Facebook or post somebody else’s quote. Does it? There just seems to be so much information. And it’s created information overload for me. I love knowledge and learning, but there’s so much out there now online that it’s overwhelming. And when it comes to food, there’s definitely information overload! It’s gotten to a point where I’m confused about what should be in my daily food regime and what shouldn’t. What’s important to me is to support good health and stay away from Big Pharma and huge medical bills. I want all my body parts.
I’m a big juicer. I drink freshly juiced greens, ginger, apples, carrots, herbs and other fruits and vegetables almost daily or twice a day. Sometimes it’s a chore and I may stop for a few days, but I always go back. And there’s definitely an overload of information in this area. What’s good, what’s not. Types of juicers. Centrifugal or masticating? Buy me, no buy ME! Anyway, I’ve found what works for me so I will continue down this path. But I wonder if that’s why so many don’t try to change their food choices. Is it because changing is scary? Is it because trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t is a pain in the ass? And then on top of that, there are so many articles and talk shows and once upon a time doctors who have found fame and fortune by reciting what they’re told, that it must be true. Right? Easier to be an ostrich with our head in the sand.
There’s a question I want to ask sometimes and the question is “Do you really know what it’s like to feel good and to be pain-free?” Just an overall good feeling? I don’t think many of us do. Don’t we have pills for that? There’s a lot of information out there to tell you what you need to do to feel good, look good, and live longer. That all of us should be in the best of health, don’t you think?
Yes, it’s overwhelming!
I feel getting back to growing our own food and teaching our children where it comes from is a big start. Staying away from any foods advertised on TV and radio is another. Come on, we’re not that stupid are we? The better foods that I eat, the better I do feel. And the less tired I am because I’m learning to stop the insulin swings which improves my moods and squashes feelings of depression. All important stuff. But can be difficult to do. With so much information, it seems it is hard to figure out where to start. Maybe by planting a few seeds in a flowerpot in the kitchen?
I know many people, mostly younger, who have no idea what a true tomato or strawberry tastes like. These flavors are truly marvelous and if there’s a heaven, a wonderful, odd-shaped strawberry’s flavor is just that! If you grow your own, or find a local farmer who grows them without pesticides, GMOs and seed meant to bring quantity and not quality, you know what I’m talking about. The tomatoes in a grocery store, whether organic or greenhouse, to me, are tasteless and I won’t buy them. I will wait until the season returns or put up jars of tomatoes to last through the winter first.
There is a lot of information out there and each of us has to find what works for us. Find local fresh food to purchase or start growing your own. Find groups to get involved with and find vacant lots to see if gardens can be started there. Grow a large garden and share it with your neighbors or community. It is my belief that we can get healthier collectively and be less dependent on Big Pharma and lower our health care costs.
Life today is like being on a fast merry-go-round. Health care and making health care affordable to everyone is a big issue. It has become polarizing. And many do a great job of overwhelming us and muddying the waters so we have no idea what’s true and what’s not. And shame on any of us that sits in front of the TV and believes everything it says. Bad food choices lead to bad health which leads to higher health care costs. It’s a merry-go-round for sure. We need to put our foot down and get off this ride. It’s up to each of us to do something about it, but it’s also up to us to help others too.
January is a great month to start working out the plans for the current year’s gardens. January is also a great time to unplug the television, get off of Facebook and peruse the seed catalogs.
Will I reactivate Facebook? Probably. But I’m hoping that I never do. I guess making that phone call to a friend or family member or sending an actual post in the mail will have to start with me.