Over the last few weeks as I debated whether and how to simplify my social media presence, this song kept playing through my mind. It’s a particularly apt song for when I open my Facebook feed.
Keeping with the spirit and intent of my last blog post and new mantra, “I’m too old for this,” I’ve closed my LinkedIn and Tumblr accounts. I went to Facebook and “unfollowed” a slew of “friends” whose obsession with memes made me feel like I was going through some kind of Clockwork Orange intervention. Slowly, I feel sanity creeping back into my online life.
It’s all perspective, and your comments on last week’s post were validating for me. Thank you again to everyone who commented and shared your own stories.
Although I was familiar with much of his work, I was still amazed by how productive he was. I hadn’t realized how many of the songs my teenaged self sang along with on the radio were written by him, if not always sung by him. And what a sad story: at the height of his success, he set himself on a self-destructive path that would ultimately kill him. It’s so easy to judge but that’s not what I want to do. Enjoying his legacy is the best way to honor him.
Marie A Bailey
Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.