At one time in my life, I was a very active participant in social media and I was constantly posting pictures and sharing posts and tweets...about ANYTHING...causes I cared about, things that angered me or I felt needed to be commented on...pretty much anything. Unfortunately for me, I believed in what I was saying and doing to the point of becoming obsessed with the reactions and comments of "friends" and family. All I really cared about was seeing how people reacted to my posts or what they were saying...
Recently, my entire life changed forever. Although I had no direct control over events, everything and everyone whom I have ever called "family or friend" were altered in the blink of an eye. (It is a very private matter to which I will offer no further explanation...please don't ask)
Because of this, I have been afforded the challenge/ opportunity to look at life from a different perspective than I have at any time since I developed conscious thought. My first conclusion was to get off Facebook and Twitter. The totality of the lack of character and humanity that I felt towards me and my family was stunning. Sooooo many judgemental and self-serving people in this world. But, I digress...
I was amazed at how free I felt when I quit the "social commentary" for the sole purpose of fitting in. I did it because everyone else was doing it. I can remember when I was a kid...everyone's heard this before...your mama would say "If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?". It had become a tool from which to share lies, gossip, and launch heartless attacks.
Unfortunately, there have been many times in my life when I would have done exactly that. You don't fit in anyplace...so you change or adapt yourself to fit the world around you. Well, not anymore! I don't care if I fit into anyone's mold of what I should be. First of all...who knows what or who I should be better than I do? Too much conformity in this world. Are you IN the world, are you OF the world, or can you tell anymore???
I created this website for myself...that is to say, I created this website so that I have somewhere that I can express myself...Now that may sound arrogant or narcissistic, but it's not. Simply put, I enjoy what I do! I enjoy doing my woodworking and I enjoy being able to share with family and my small circle of true friends, which is the sole purpose of what I'm doing here...not bragging or showing off. In fact, I'm sure there are those who look at what I do and snicker because it is amateurish and simple. But then again, I am an amateur and in the immortal words of Ronnie Van Zant..."BE A SIMPLE KIND OF MAN"...good advice if you ask me.