When I was growing up we would always give up something for lent, usually sweets and chocolate. I would save up any goodies over the weeks building up to Easter until I had a mountain of sugar I would dive into first thing Easter morning. It was a fun little ritual that taught me a little self-discipline and the pleasure of delayed gratification and is something I try to do sometimes as an adult too. It's a good excuse to get something done that you usually put off every other day of the year. Six weeks is also a good length of time to break old habits and form new ones too.
Bearing that in mind, I have already followed through with my new years' resolutions since January (the key to success, I've found, is to not tell anybody you're doing them). During 2014 I have forsworn refined carbohydrates/sugar whilst counting my calories and eating healthily, hardly drank alcohol, only drank coffee in the morning, regularly been running along the beach front where I live, haven't smoked a cigarette and have been more or less keeping to a sleep/wake cycle that resembles a normal human being. All well and good and I'm feeling pretty great so far.
However, there remains one glaring, crippling vice in my day to day life that I'm going to attempt to wrestle control of that I have never tackled before: the internet. That's right, as of tomorrow, I will be ignoring Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Wikipedia, Cracked, Youtube, Reddit and all my online drug-like dripfeeds for the next six weeks. Yes, I know, I'm insane.
I have no idea if this is even possible or not. I don't know if I'll last a single day. I'll still be replying to emails and using maps and what have you, but I will try not to just browse and check notifications and click click click my way through the day as much as possible. I have to try, if only for curiosity's sake. It's become such a fixture of my life that I'm dying to know what will happen when I whip that crutch away. It's honestly almost scary.
At any rate, this should
be my final update until Easter, barring some kind of global catastrophe or personal bombshell. If it's absolutely essential
for you to contact me, I'm sure you'll find a way to do it. In the meantime, have fun you guys, fill me in on what I missed when I get back. I'm going boldly in to the wilderness and am only half terrified. Wish me luck!http://www.nointernetweek.co/ #nointernet #newyearsresolution #lent #masochism