“I think we need a little break.”
The only sentence more indicative of a poor outcome to the conversation is, “We need to talk.”
But since I can’t really chat with Pinterest, instead I’ll go with the former. I need a break.
If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, let me tell you, it’s amazing. Addictive. Inspiring. All-consuming. Blood-sucking.
See a theme here?
I love the share-ability of Pinterest. I love the graphic aspect. I love the plethora of ideas and inspiration. But here’s the problem:
I pin and pin and pin away, thinking about all these projects I’m going to create, outfits I’m going to put together, places I’m going to visit, recipes I’m going to make, books I’m going to read, movies I’m going to watch… AND THEN I NEVER DO IT.
Oh, I think I’m going to bake that caramel apple cake or sew that cute sundress or scrap lift that adorable layout… but it doesn’t happen. The pinning itself has become a substitute for the actual act of creating.
And to me, that’s just not okay.
I’m a creator at heart. I have to write and draw and build and make, otherwise I feel stifled and lazy. And Pinterest was sucking me in with its possibilities, but I wasn’t actually CREATING anything.
So I started to feel overwhelmed and backlogged and sad. Yes, sad.
Pinterest was making me depressed!
And I don’t think I’m alone. I listened to this fabulous podcast on “What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains” from one of my favorite “big thinkers,” Michael Hyatt, and he said,
“The current incarnation of the Internet—portable, social, accelerated, and all-pervasive—may be making us not just dumber or lonelier but more depressed and anxious, prone to obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit disorders, even outright psychotic. Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways.”
This isn’t just “1984” psychobabble Luddite fear-mongering; it’s true. I felt it myself.
And I decided enough was enough. So I’m on a pin-free diet for the next month. Oh, sure, I’m going to check Pinterest — but to find things to MAKE and DO, not just to pin more things I’ll never make and never do.
I’m going to work through that backlog of ideas and inspiration. I’m going to free up the creative juices by stretching my REAL muscles, not just the virtual ones.
I’m going to create.
Want to join me?