psa: social media isn’t everything.

Before we get to the hot topic I’ve been waiting to discuss, let’s do a little recon on what’s been going on over here in busyville.  I got back from sweet home Chicago late on Tuesday and needed some time to decompress.  That time relaxing was quickly cut short by a whole slew of work projects that came into my inbox rapid fire.  By the end of the week, I was spent.  But, between all of my 7 am meetings and multiple trips to and from FedEx Kinkos, I still managed to get a solid workout week in:

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  • Monday: 3 mile run and 45 min. Ryder Class at CorePower (if you have the chance to take one of these…ooph, do it.  The bike tilts 20 degrees each way so you really have to engage your core to keep it steady.  It’s no joke.  Also, shout out to my bff Heather who taught one kickin’ class)
  • Tuesday: 45 min cardio, 30 min legs
  • Wednesday: 10 mile run: 7.5 in the am, 2.5 at lunch
  • Thursday: 45 min cardio, 30 min arms
  • Friday: 1.5 mile warm-up, 3 miles of speed work (800 repeats at 6:39 pace), .5 mile cool down

Mileage total including Sunday’s 6 mile run: 24

Super glad to be home and even more excited about the weather actually turning around.  More nice days means more time outside with the Boo playing her favorite game of fetch.

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She clearly knows how to work for what she wants. What a ferocious beast.

But enough about my workout week and the cutest puppy in the world, let’s flashback to Monday’s Bulls game.  I hadn’t been to a Bulls game since I was a kid and was really excited to get to spend some time with my family and watch some good ole fashioned bball.  There’s something that’s always more exciting about actually being at the game, so I was pumped.  I was pumped until the family in front of me sat down.

It was a dad who had brought his tween daughter and her two friends.  I didn’t think much of it when they first sat down, but as the first period started, it seemed like this was going to be a very interesting game…for their phones anyway.

Throughout the entire game, four whole periods of Bulls v. Kings action, the girls and the father sat on their phones.  It was incredibly distracting and just downright sad.  One girl, I kid you not, spent the first three periods coming up with a caption for her Instagram post.  She would click on her picture, rotate it around, type something, delete it, and turn to her friends to ask for advice, then turn back to her phone only to type and delete caption after caption over and over.  THREE PERIODS THIS LASTED.  THAT’S 45 MINUTES OF DEREK ROSENESS.

And it didn’t stop there.  They were constantly on Facebook and Snapchat as well.  The worst part of the latter was that they weren’t even documenting their experience on Snapchat, they were watching their friends Stories.  If they had any care about the game, they sure as hell didn’t show it.

I had a great time at the game and the Bulls won, but I walked away with a strange feeling. Why couldn’t they get off their phones?  Do I spend that much time on my phone?  How do I make sure I am living life in the moment and not so distracted by this mini-computer in my hand?

Now I’ve never been shy about my love of social media.  I even dedicated a post to it recently, but I think we need to take a minute to remember that social media isn’t everything.

On one hand, it can be great.  I love scrolling through my Instagram often for motivation, inspiration and the like, but on more than one occasion I have found myself comparing who I am to someone else.  They could be faster than me, be able to lift more than me, be thinner than me, be more muscular than me, it doesn’t matter.  It trips me up though and can often make me think I’m not working hard enough.  What I’m failing to remember though, is that everyone is more than what they show on their social media page.

Social media is a great way to get to know one aspect of a person.  The beauty of it is that you get to choose what you put out there and what image of yourself you want to give off.  But that also makes it very one dimensional.  Next time you’re clicking through someones page, remember that there is more to them than meets the eye just like there is more to you.  Like I bet you wouldn’t know I had a pretty stellar passion for opera in high school and college?  That’s something about me that just can’t be learned from looking at a snapshot of a motivation quote I posted or a picture documenting my run, but it’s something that defines me.

Here’s some vocal stylings if you care to listen:

One last thing, remember to live life as it’s happening.  I took one picture that bulls game and every snap I sent was before the starting buzzer.  I wanted to enjoy the time with my family and show little snippets of what was going on with my friends, but once the playing began, it was phones away and time to get down to business.  I’m going to make a concerted effort to use my phone less now because I know there are so many things I’m just bypassing because I’m too busy looking down and that just isn’t fair to anyone.

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Was this picture of Benny the Bull worth it?  You better believe it was.

Main takeaways:

-Never compare yourself to one aspect another person chooses to put out there.  You are so much more than one thing.

-Pay attention to the world.  You will regret living a life tied to a screen, I promise you this.

-sj

8 thoughts on “psa: social media isn’t everything.

  1. I feel you on this! Sometimes I’ll be at an event or a special moment and I’ll look around and everyone is seeing it, not with their eyes, but through their phone/iPad/camera. I feel that you can’t truly be in that mom and experience it to it’s fullest while you’re trying to record it. Immerse yourself and forget social media, it’s not so social when we’re not really present in the moment because we’re too focused on the screen in front of us. There’s definitely a time and place for it.

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  2. It’s an interesting thing, social media. My dad told me in high school not to let it overtake your life. It’s kind of a quote that has stuck with me the last decade or so. I want to live in the moment and enjoy it….not worry about what to post or what not to post.

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    1. perfect quote. your dad is a smart man haha. I think it’s important to keep that mantra in your head and to remember that what you post today is not the end all be all. your personal experiences are worth far much more than watching others live their lives through a screen.

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  3. Hi! Just found your blog, and I love it! I am a collegiate track and cross-country runner so I love running a whole lot (:

    I agree with you on the social media thing. It can be so fun but also way too much. It get exhausting when you feel like you need to update everyone on every little thing you are doing all the time.

    Thank you for sharing!

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