Saturday, February 7, 2015

Adventures in Life: Spilled Coke and Taylor Swift

I like technology. 
I will admit that I'm not the most tech savvy person. 
I just learned what snapchat was like last week. 

I am thankful we live in an age of Skype and FaceTime so family and friends don't seem quite so far away.
I enjoy my iPhone and the ability to type this blog post in bed while snuggling my sweet sleeping girl. 
I savor encouraging messages from friends on Facebook .... Or 'real' emails (not just junk email).

But lately I have found myself overwhelmed and, well, kind of disgusted by social media and the internet in general. 

Overwhelmed by the volume of information available and conflicting opinions with each new article. 
Shocked by the things some people say to each other behind the protection on their computer screen. (What ever happened to "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?)
Annoyed by inaccurate or bias material being marketed (and accepted) as truth or 'fact'. 
Tired of all of the negative comments - when did it become the way to convince someone with a different opinion than you by attacking them with words? 

One of my favorite Super Bowl commercials was the Coca-Cola commercial. Did you see it? Where the computer tech spilled the Coke on a server and it made all the internet users happy. 

Ok, I know it doesn't work like that. But I kinda wish it did.

I guess in a world where anyone can write basically whatever they want online, there are going to be haters.... Gonna' hate hate hate. But I've just gotta shake it off. Shake it off. Oh, Taylor Swift, your songs get so stuck in my head! But Taylor is right!! I've got to shake it off and start a new way of thinking when it comes to the online world. 

The other day I came to the decision that when I want to research more about something (for example 'first foods to feed your baby'), I am going to start relying more on books and people I know in real life and less on on-line resources. (Don't get me wrong, I am still going to read blogs! I am just going to do more off line reading). 

It is SO easy and convenient to just Google things. But I have been finding that the plethora of opinions and information that appear on my screen just make me feel like I can never know the best answer or the right thing to do. I can read for hours and still be no closer to an answer. (One article says you should start with rice cereal as a baby's first food. The next article says you should NEVER EVER start with rice cereal.) I have often felt like I'm not doing the best thing for our daughter or our family because of what I read, and I do not want to feel that way.

While I do have things to learn (lots of things!) I know that I do make good decisions for our family. Our daughter is healthy and happy and growing. Am I always doing "the right thing" as a mother... Maybe not by some people's standards. But in each moment I am doing what I feel is right for me, or her, or us... And that's what matters to me. 

Can anyone relate? 


Sorry for such a serious post, I just needed to get it off my chest!
 Here is a cute little girl to cheer things up! 

Ok, one more...
(She can be such a goof!) 

4 comments:

  1. Well, I really agree with you and am afraid that I head to Google with just about any and everything. I never use a recipe book, I just Google what I want to cook and get the recipe there. And, it can be a good thing but as in all things, we have to keep it balanced. Can't believe how big your little girl has gotten. She is so cute! Happy weekend!

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  2. What a cutie pie your sweet baby is. You just have to follow your gut feeling at times.

    Charlotte Moore

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  3. We just talked about with our youth ministry how much people rely on the computer to look up scripture instead of trying to remember it for yourself... convenience... not always a good thing.

    MY GOSH - that picture with the tutu is nothing short of adorable!!!

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  4. Wow, do I ever know that feeling!

    I tend to get very overwhelmed with the internet namely social media. Last year, I took three months off from Facebook. It was awesome. And honestly, I still have an account but have scaled way back. I get tired of "so much information".

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