Last Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, started off the Lenten season. I am, I guess, a cafeteria Catholic- I pick and choose what I like about the faith and drop the rest. I attended Catholic school from PreK-8th grade and a Catholic college, where I actually worked in the Campus Ministries office. My faith is part of who I am, but I largely ignore all the rules and do not attend weekly Mass. I guess my point is while I'm Catholic, in recent years, it's almost in name only. I don't actively practice my faith.
And yet, this Lent called to me to give up something, to make a change.
I've decided to limit my social media use to one time a day, for a half and hour or less. No more scrolling through Twitter, Instagram or Facebook at all hours of the day. I didn't want to completely cut off social media because I do like to check in with friends, see my Facebook memories and check out what's trending on Twitter. But doing it one time a day has really felt freeing. I enjoy that bit of time, but the rest of the day, I'm not a slave to my phone. I'm reading actual books and actual magazines. I'm less anxious. I feel more positive.
We will see if I can get this habit to stick beyond the 40 days of Lent and Easter Sunday. Something in me says I should.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski