In an attempt to actually walk-the-talk of simple living I've deleted my flickr photostream. If you follow my flickr activity you may have noticed I haven't done much for a the past month and now that's permanent.
Basically I don't have enough time to keep up with it all. I loath all that uploading, tagging, sending to groups, ya da, ya da. I like looking at other people's photos and like it when people look at mine but right now I just don't have the time.
But even that is kind of a lame "excuse" because everyone has the same amount of time and we just choose to use our time differently. So I'm re-framing the reason in terms of what I value more
. And I value time for other things more than my flickr account. Here are a few of those:
- Wifing, mothering and homemaking. Oh yeah, I also sometimes homeschool. These take an extraordinary amount of time, this is my life's investment. Right now I'm building something that will last longer than any photos, comments or contacts.
- Photography in general. I love taking photos. Love it, love it, love it. I hate tagging them, sending them to groups, hoping someone will notice them, being disappointed when no one does. And really some of them on there weren't that great anyway.
- Sleep. Sleep is super important for good health and overall well being. I'd rather have the mental acuity and physical energy that comes from a good sleep than have a nice photostream. (Evenings are the time for my creative pursuits).
- Blogging. I guess it's kind of obvious that I enjoy this space more than flickr. I love to write, I need to write. Blogging is not a burden to me; it's fun, it's challenging, it's creative, it's rewarding and I get tremendous pleasure in creating this site and publishing my ideas. It's even more amazing that people actually value my ideas.
All of these and more that I just can't think of right now are more important to me than spending time on flickr.
Now it may just be a coincidence or the aligning of the seasons and stars but since making this decision two weeks ago I've felt a lot lighter in my daily life. Which is very funny since I really didn't do much on flickr to begin with. Life is very good right now, in fact it feels like this:
Now this is my question for you: What do you need to simplify in your life so you can be more focused and content?