The Backslide

It started with one “Here’s what I’ve been up to for the last 40 days” post after Lent. I swore I wouldn’t go back to my old “hours spent on Instagram” ways — I didn’t even like Instagram. And those 40 days of blogging, scrolling the random, artsy photos of strangers in my VSCO feed, connecting with friends via text, and saving my clever quips for my journal… They’d brought out the best in me. A me who made stuff she liked, consumed content she enjoyed, and didn’t need her friends to applaud her pursuits to feel good about them.

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Freestyle Friday

Photo by Leo Wieling on Unsplash

Went back to Instagram yesterday. The sky did not fall. I was not a junkie too long off the junk. Instead, I logged in, posted a quick series of “this is what I’ve been doing” photos, announced that I missed my friends but hate The Internet, and dipped back out.

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“WE DID IT!” My 40 Day Instagram Fast

Well. That was…fast.

Tomorrow is Holy Thursday, marking the end of my very secular Lenten fast from Instagram. I did not utilize the Sunday cheat day (and realized the Church has a loose interpretation of “40” when Day 40 was not the end of Lent), which has gifted me a wonderful 44 Instagram-free days.

What have I learned?

I don’t need it. Furthermore — and more importantly — I do not like Instagram.

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