Today I woke up and began to think about moving forward in my life. I grabbed my phone before my very tiered and worn out eyes were fully opened and I searched it’s contents for social media. I began to slowly wake as I poured through my in boxes and read the recent posts and updates that came through in the 7 hours that I was asleep. Then it hit me. Why was I relying on this devise to run my life? What was it’s connection to the world that was so important to me? Is it because when I moved to DC I felt so disconnected that it was my only way to stay connected to those I missed and loved? Was it because I am so interested in other’s lives I must read daily how and what they are up to? It is still a mystery, however I will say it hit me so hard that I am thinking of pulling back. I need to experience life outside work, family, and social media. I need to move away from the ties that bind me to the social media craze. This coming the day after I posted 33 pictures of my trip to the Grand Canyon. I posted them really so my son could see them. So my sister could see them. But why send them for all my FB friends that I really don’t even know? Why not email? I have begun to wonder if people really need to know what each other is doing 24 hours a day.
My journey to fifty has truly been eye opening. It has shown me the life I live vs. the life I want. I am loving the food, I am loving the search, but it is the social media that needs to be addressed now.
This weekend we had a couple over for dinner. We all put our phones away. We put our outside lives on hold and had dinner together. We sat on the back porch and laughed, talked, drank wine and enjoyed the fire. It was a lovely night. It is a couple that we do not get to see often so the night was much needed! We dined on Carne Asada, spanish wine and Giada’s Avocado – Chocolate Mousse with Rasberries from page 224 in Feel Good Food
The mousse was a BIG hit! I served it with raspberries, whip cream and hazelnuts. I put the mousse in small mason jars with the raspberries and cream on the side in small ramekins. That way it was a kinda build your own… Our friends spent the entire time during dessert playing the game of “guess what is in this mousse?” No one could believe the base was avocados. My daughter made it a couple months ago and I was really blown away. Truly a decedent treat! Giada hit this one out of the park!
Today I will recover from my fun and crazy weekend and I will do so without social media. Perhaps a long walk in the park or a trip to one of our fabulous museums here in DC. I may even leave the phone in the car!