Heading into the holidays, I remember thinking that I just needed a break. I needed to relax and spend the day in my jammies without worrying about status updates or retweets. I got my wish. Granted, it came in a flu-like haze of aches and sleeping for hours on end. There was a day in there somewhere that I am pretty sure Emma made all of her own meals and probably Abby’s meals, too.
Turns out that completely tuning out taught me a lot.
The most important thing that I learned is that the internet will survive without me.
Our Facebook page which went without status updates for days on end was still there when I finally checked back in and posted something.
We managed to gain new Twitter followers without a single tweet. Sure, more than half of them were spam bots and strippers, but beggars can’t be choosers, right?
I re-discovered my love of mindless iPad games.
I found the show Glee.
I became consumed by it, watching the first three seasons in the span of two weeks. I would sneak upstairs under the guise of “doing laundry” and completely immerse myself in the lives of Finn and Rachel. I fully admit there was something somewhat masochistic about watching about a show where I know one of the main characters tragically died in real life. It didn’t matter, though, because the pull of watching Cory Monteith and Lea Michele *literally* fall in love before my eyes was enough for me.
I began dreaming about the characters and staying up way too late trying to watch just one more episode. Thanks to Puck, I even started to find mohawks appealing. I found myself reliving the feelings of high school when your entire life is ahead of you, and you feel like nothing will ever be as important as your feelings right then.
The internet and the happenings there were the furthest things from my mind, and it was nice. To completely disconnect. To totally disengage. To just simply be in my home, with my family. I don’t know what this means for me moving forward, as I will eventually run of out of Glee episodes to watch. And holiday vacation mode is definitely over what with the return of the alarm clock and school routine.
Maybe it just means that for a little while I unplugged. And discovered that I can. And more importantly, that I should.