What I Learned From A Social Media Cleanse
August 22, 2018
Alexandra Wade

I took a month off of social media. Off of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, and I realized so many things, and learned so many valuable lessons about life. I learned what’s really important in life in this time I had to reflect.

I learned how important it is to be grateful for every moment I have with the people in my life. I learned how insignificant it is whether or not people like me. What’s most important is that I like myself.

I learned that the people that aren’t really meant to be in my life will just remove themselves by themselves.  I learnt what it means to have truly grown up and to have learned to love myself because the success of others now makes me happy for them, rather than envious.

I learned that it’s close to impossible to ever change someone else’s mind on social media about something close to their heart. Any important issue should be discussed face-to-face.

I learned that I should always question everything I’ve been taught, even if it was from my parents. What is true is up to me, and it requires curiosity and effort to really figure things out.

I learned the importance of being with myself and of making peace with myself.  I learned that ultimate freedom means knowing how to be completely truly and shamelessly myself.

I learned the value of differences and that diversity doesn’t have to mean disconnect.  I learned the importance of listening more than I speak, and that just because my friends don’t reach out all the time, it doesn’t mean they don’t love me.

I’ve learned to be cautious of where I put my energy, and to pick my battles. I’ve learned the importance of taking care of my body, and to thank it every day for working. Health is something that should never be taken for granted.

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