I think we've all been in a position where we've said we wished done more of this, less of that and give so and so a go, but its amazing what a 'thought' is - it is exactly that, a thought. Ever heard of the expression 'actions speak louder than words'? Well I've always believed in this: when I was younger I took this literally with everything I was told, and even now with the promise of various things like 'the best cup of coffee' - we all know it HAS to proved right?! Well, the same goes for the statements we all make.
I regularly sit here type into twitter about how I should go veggie, gossip to a friend about losing weight and rant to anyone and everyone about out how I should run more- the truth of the matter is I'm a big, fat fraud. Yes, you've guessed it, its ALL baloney, I'm all talk and no action.
Why should this matter? Not only do people begin to roll their eyes at you whenever you so much as open your gob, but the reality is, it does nothing for the soul to realise you are queen of broken promises. About a month ago I read a really rather poignant blog post from the lovely Liz Goodchild - I have actually had the pleasure of meeting Liz and as well as being a runner who I aspire to be like, she has a really good knack of putting down on paper exactly it is you are thinking, without mincing her words. Her blog post (featured HERE) was all about 'How to make something happen' and let me tell you, it really is a whole piece of writing close to home - WHY say these things and not commit? Part of the problem is normally due to the sheer extent of these statements, to sometimes completely cut something out FOR GOOD is just too much of a big deal for us, and me included. Opting to change or start something for a particular period of time is the great 'in-between' so this is what I've decided to do.
First up on my list is giving up Facebook. I used to love Facebook - keeping in touch with old friends, on paper, seems like such a good idea, however lately for me, I just don't enjoy the idea of Facebook. When used in the right way, Facebook can be great, but when used in the wrong way it can be a whole load of crap sticks. Lately I have found the enjoyment of Facebook disappearing - attention seeking posts, cryptic messages and boasting, all of which I am quite possibly guilty of, and y'know what? I dont want to be that kind of person. I dont want to be that person who judges people on their photo's, their status's, and likewise for people to do that to me - so that's it - I am what you would call 'deactivated from Facebook. I'm not gonna lie, but after the first day it is hard not to just log on and get checking - I'm putting this down to boredom, but I'm hoping I start to feel refreshed after a week or so. So how long do I anticipate I am going to do this for? A whole month. No less, but maybe for more. We'll see. I just hope I can become a better person by doing this, grow to concentrate more on my own life and stop judging other people. Call this a self-experiment if you will...
Thank you to Liz for making me do something that I didn't think I'd eventually ever get round to doing.