A friend of mine died on Sunday. I grieved for the family! Just like everyone else, I went about my life…doing what I would normally do on Sunday afternoon. Talking, laughing and living my life while memories of Dorena continued to slip into my consciousness. I decided that I would feel guilty writing a blog about the humors of our day or making cheeky comments and being social on Facebook while friends were feeling the loss of their mom and wife. I’ve felt this way before…
I think it is that strong empathetic vein that I have running through me. When I have been plagued with some inner pain, whether my own health or the health or death or someone close to me, I’ve turned to social media to help scramble my thoughts and to realize that out there…everything is normal….yet, I’ve always paused to wonder when everyone else is jolly and going about their daily life…do they care?
There is a fine line….the way I feel right now, today. I’m choosing to honor my friends when they are grieving by tempering my social media participation….out of respect. I’m becoming a little disillusioned with Facebook anyway…seems it has become just a share this or that joke, political opinion, social placement quizzes and less about personal connections with friends. I’m wondering if following the lead of my daughters and weening myself from this medium is where I will end up. I’m in it for the personal social connection but apparently I’m choosing my participation on my terms.
Until next time….