Facebook and Social Media

I struggle with Facebook and social media.

I really don't trust Facebook at all with any personal information. I hate how they always change and default your privacy settings to "public" and who knows where all this information is. I have tried to keep my presence there limited. But, I have to admit, it does have some good parts - keeping in touch with family and friends.

Instagram is just Facebook light IMHO, and has lost its original purpose of getting promoting and sharing photography

I enjoy Twitter, as much as I hate to say it. You can interact and discover some amazing people (and not so amazing people too). But it has become so political, and, because it is anonymous, you have a lot of trolls.  My one rule on Twitter and all of social media really, is that I will not tolerate personal attacks. Personal attack = block.  I will also give you one or two passes on vulgarity, but then your gone.  There is just no need for either in constructive discourse. And I do hold out for constructive discourse on these platforms.  You can have it.  I have had many really good conversations with people who disagree strongly with me.  More often, though, people just shut down or start typing obscenities or personal attacks.  Disappointing, but I won't give up . . .for now. </p>

My life would probably be better without social media

But right now it is a close call.  For a while I added social media and the news into my weekly fasting routine. I "try" to fast for 24 hours two days a week. Not as hard as it sounds and I really do like how it makes me feel.  I am doing this for life improvement reasons not religious. My first few times I try it I also included a social media and news fast.  I did not watch or listen to the news or log into social media for 24 hours.  Unlike not eating for 24 hours, this was actually harder than I thought.  And it did make me feel better.

So I will go back to that for a while.  Complete food, news, and social media fast for 24 hours twice a week.  Twice is tough.  Once is much easier.

Will report back here at some point when I feel like it . . .

Fasting - both from food and social media

I began trying out the fasting trend last fall. Eventually, I settled on 24 hour fasts as the best for me. Noon to noon.

My goal is for two 24 hour fasts a week - typically Tuesday and Thursday, but sometimes Monday and Wednesday.  During the week is the time to do it. Its too hard to do on the weekend.  The reason why is not what I would have suspected. You see, eating food is a social experience and so fasting is that much harder to do when other people are around. The expectation is that you will eat with them, and it is very difficult not to do so.  The actual fasting part (voluntary denial of food) for 24 hours is surprisingly not difficult. Once you have done it a few times it becomes much easier, especially after you determine the time when you will naturally feel hungry. Mine, like most, is in the evening. 

I also added social media and news fasting to my routine. I, like many, spend way too much time on social media.  My particular social media drug of choice is Twitter.  Twitter makes it about as easy as possible to consume more "news" than anyone possibly can.  So for 24 hours (sunup to sundown) I go on a social media and news fast to coincide with my food fast. Instead of being on Twitter or Facebook, I read. Instead of watching or listening to the news on the radio, I listen to a podcast, music, or watch a film. 

I feel much better after fasting. Stomach is not bloated. Brain is not fried. I feel . . . refreshed. 

I have been pretty slack on fasting this year so far - often don't do it at all or get in one day a week at best.  I am going to really try to focus and be disciplined about it for the rest of the year and see what happens. Basically, a four month experiment. I will let you know how it terms out.

11 miler today. Hard. Hot. Humid.

Three months from the Kiawah Island Half Marathon.  Already up to 11 miles.  But they have not been easy.  

Didn't do any base work at all this week - that makes for a rough Saturday.

Started at sunrise, but will have to get up earlier to beat the heat and run in the dark from here on out.  At least until it cools down, which is November here in Florida.  I did beat the rain though and got a pretty start. No complaints here.

Edward Curtis - Photographer

Edward Curtis was on a mission.

From the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, Curtis' mission was to photograph the American Indian in the West before their way of life disappeared.  His 30-year effort resulted in some of the most haunting and beautiful photographs of the American West and its people that anyone had ever seen. If you ever get a chance to see a Curtis exhibit, do so. He lived an interesting life - born in poverty, becoming rich and famous, then dining in obscurity. You can read about it here -. His story is interesting, but his photographs are the real stars of his tale.

You can read more about Edward Curtis below:

Curtis is really a unique story and photographer.  He gave up everything to pursue his dream. His images are hauntingly beautiful  and hypnotically human at the same time. Take some time to go through his massive collection. Curtis doesn't disappoint.