We’ve been going steady for about five years now. An adrenalin-filled ride of stories, YouTube videos, and amazing selfie montages. Think of all the nights we have gone to bed together, as well as the mornings I’ve awakened, cradled with you in my arms.
This is difficult for me to tell you, but I need a break. Just a short one to clear my head and live life outside the allure of your keyboard and glowing screen.
And, just to make sure you understand, please read and understand my words. I’m sure you’ve never heard any of these reasons before.
- Hey! It’s not you, it’s me. You’re fabulous, fun, and engaging. I need some quiet time right now, and you deserve a more interactive partner.
- I love you. I’m just not in love with you. I’m tired of our daily routine. I’m sure you’re very nice, but I need something new. Something authentic.
- I think we should see other people. I need to see real people. Spend time with the friends and family in my house, and not the memes on my phone.
- You deserve someone better than me. You provide me with so much amazing content and information, but I get lost chasing squirrels and cat videos. You could do better.
- I just really need to work on myself. I want to be a better person for you. How can I love you if I don’t love myself?
- I need some space. Look, honey. I’m in the last stages of book edits and I can’t focus on my words if you’re tugging at my sleeves. I know it sounds selfish, but I have to focus.
- We’re on two different paths right now. I want to spend time on running trails, finishing personal writing projects, and lost in garden hideaways. You always want to get dressed up and go out. Sorry, internet, we want different things.
- I just don’t feel that spark. You used to make me excited, and now it’s just a routine. Surely there’s more?
- We can still be friends. I will never forget all of the special memories and time we’ve spent together. I have given you the best 8,451 hours of my life. Let’s have lunch sometime.
- If you love something, let it go. If it returns, then it was meant to be. Listen, I’m not saying that this is forever. In fact, we can take a small break if that makes you feel better. How about I check in on you in July? Don’t call me, I’ll call you.
I plan to be offline for the rest of June, but I’m not breaking up with you. I adore you!
I have removed Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress notifications from my phone and iPad so that I could get back to what it felt like before the internet sucked up so much precious time. I was going to disappear quietly, but hubby suggested that I give you the quick heads up on my spontaneous summer vacation.
I will be taking the rest of June off to finish book edits, spiff up the garden, run some trails, and pay attention to the people who live in my house. I’m a little scared to do the internet detox because I don’t want to miss anything you’re doing. In fact, I may still write about Rosa over at The Lovely Fire just to keep the creative juices flowing. Please come back in July where I will be featuring new guest posts, a completed book, and a cleaned up house (this place is a mess!)
I never take for granted that you read my stuff. I’ll be back to soak up your stories, to see your Facebook pics, and engage very soon.
I could never break with you forever 🙂
PS: I apologize in advance for any birthdays I may have missed. That birthday calendar on FB is one of the reasons I keep my account!
PSS: Your turn! What tips and hints do you have for internet detoxing? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.