Did you know the entire world is going to hell in a hand-basket? Yeah, all because we have laptops, tablets, and smart phones. All because we use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. (You should totally follow me on those accounts, BTW).
Or at least that’s what the constant fussing and hand-wringing would have you believe. Just take a few photos of people on their phones, strip them entirely of context, and tell the world how we’ve all disconnected from each other.
I love technology. I love social media. And not because I connect my Instagram likes to my self-worth. (Although if you haven’t already, you should read about Essena O’Neill, the Instagram star who quit).
I’ve lived in quite a few places. My friends and family are scattered across the globe. Back in May, I reunited with my three best friends from France: an Australian, a Canadian, and a fellow American. Technology and social media allow me to stay in touch with all these people.
Technology and social media also help me meet new people. Dan and I met on OKCupid, an online dating website. I found my job in Columbus through Craig’s List. I’ve turned my blogging friends into real friends, some of whom I’ve even met in person.
This week, I’m thankful for technology and social media!
I’m in Ohio right now, spending time with my friends and in-laws. I miss Dan, but I’m enjoying quality time with everyone here.
This week, I want to focus my gratitude on:
Smelling hot spiced apple cider. Last week at the grocery store, I saw apple cider and wanted to buy some, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to drink it all before I left for Ohio. I reluctantly didn’t buy any, but Dan reassured me that his parents would have so. Whaddya know, they do! So I’ve had hot apple cider with my in-laws twice already this week.
Loving Ohio! I told my best friend Libbi that I can appreciate Ohio so much more now that I’m not living here. That sounds awful, I know. But it was really hard being away from my parents for so long and only seeing them once or twice a year. Then add three harsh winters to the mix, and my time in Ohio was good, but hard. Being back in the South is good for me, even if now I miss everyone in Ohio!
Wanting to listen to Christmas music. I have always had such a strong stance on not listening to Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving. But I’ve just been feeling so festive lately!
Missing my sweet husband. I am so grateful to be in Ohio right now. I am so grateful to have the flexibility in my schedule to write from anywhere and help clients from anywhere. But since Dan works in a more traditional job, he doesn’t have the same freedom that I do. I’m having a wonderful time in Ohio, but I still wish Dan were with me!
What are you thankful for this week? I’m also linking up for A Grateful Heart with Ember Grey!