Amy Mantis


Thoughts On My Social Media Hiatus (Part One)

It's only been eight days, but I have noticed a considerable shift in my life since my social media hiatus.

And it has been great.

I find myself far more engaged in whatever it is I'm doing, I'm not checking my phone nearly as often, nor  do I run to my phone if I leave it in another room.  I don't know how much time I've recovered, but I'd say I've gained at least an hour of time each day if you tally up all of the quick checks I did throughout the day (Instagram).  I still find myself attempting to check Instagram whenever I park my car, but now I end up laughing at myself when this happens.  Some habits die hard.

I'm practicing more, I'm maintaining a better schedule in general, I'm reading more, I'm getting more done in a day, and I generally feel happier and like I have more energy.

I never felt like I wasn't living my best life because of the "highlight reels" on Instagram.  I didn't fall into that trap.  My biggest issue (and also one of the few things I miss) was watching all of these killer musicians.  I was like, "..I want to be able to play that," and then I realized that if I put the phone down and practice, then I can play that.  The time I've spent watching now goes into practicing and it's a beautiful thing.  I still watch (and listen), but now it's an active search rather than a passive attention-grabber.

As for the energy thing, I think it's a focus thing.  My energy (attention) is far less scattered right now, making it way easier to focus on the things that matter to me.

And I like it.  I like feeling stream-lined.  It feels good.  It feels natural.

And I want more of my life to feel like this.

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A Limerick

I think I'm gonna write more of these.  This one is about a Donald:

There once was a Donald named Trump
Who liked to sit on his rump
From the toilet he'd tweet
And cause us to weep
Whilst he was taking a dump.

Everything in service for others

Despite being intrinsically motivated, I know I benefit from external factors.  The biggest one being other people.  When I'm doing something for someone, I will be far more likely to accomplish it (no matter how much I want it for myself already.  Throw others in the mix, and you can consider it done on my end).

We often hear "it's not about you."  What do you mean it's not about me!?  I'm doing the work, I'm creating the thing.  How is it not about me!?

Because everything is easier when it's done in service for others.

Want to be in better shape?  Find something that needs you to be in better shape, and you will get in better shape.  Maybe that's why so many people run marathons for charities.
Want to learn a new skill?  Find an endeavor or a job for someone else who needs that skill.
Want to get better at your current craft?  Teach it, and you will be forced to always up your game for your students.  Perform it, and you will be forced to grow your abilities for your audience.

It's okay to do things for you, but it might be better to do things for you and to do them for others.  They're really one in the same.

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