Some of you may have noticed that I am no longer on Facebook. A few of my friends have grumbled their dissatisfaction already — grumbles which I took as a compliment. It is nice to know that you care, that you want to follow my adventures and stay in touch in this easily available way. And Facebook really is an easy way to stay in touch.
One of my friends once told me he enjoys Facebook because it is a way to connect with friends without needing to leave the house after he returns tired from work. He can read status updates, comment on them and chat with people online, even play games, and all of it from the comfort of his home with his own homemade dinner and glass of wine. How perfect is that?
I am not setting out to change the world. Not yet, anyway. For me, I suppose I’ve decided that reading status updates, commenting and chatting online isn’t enough. I would like to go back to face-to-face meetings or at least to hearing a friend’s voice on the phone. In the simulated connection in the virtual world, I find I am neglecting the heart-to-heart relating that happens when I meet a friend for tea or a walk. I am spending too much time pretending to connect with my friends online, and not enough time in enjoying their company in the real world.
In short, friends, while I love seeing your smiling faces on the screen, reading your stories, and looking at your photos, I’d rather see you in person or talk with you on the phone. I want to make time to hear the whole story of your birthday party or trip or any other good or bad experience from your own mouth, in your own voice, with all the nuances that come with it. And while the fear that I’d be missing out on some stories does exist, I hope that you will be glad to make some time in your busy life to come outside, without a screen or a device, and just be together.
For those of you who may not have the time or the inclination, I still love you. I hope to write more consistently in my blog, too, and post here stories about my adventures. If you’d like to follow the blog and have it be sent to your email directly, there is a place at the bottom of the page where you can sign up for it.
Lots of love to all of you. Give me a call sometime and let’s go for a hike or a cup of hot tea/coffee together.