Today I’ve been thinking. I’m sounding like Vince. He thinks all the time. Me . . not so much! I’m more of a doer and less of a thinker. I usually think after I’ve “done”, which often gets me in trouble – especially when the credit card bill arrives! 🙂
But what I’ve been thinking about today is how funny, in a weird way, life can be.
Earlier this year, when my favorite knitting online “group” went off on a political rant, I was done. I spent so much time on that site, and so much money there. Every morning when I woke up, usually before I even got out of bed, I’d look at the site, see what new patterns had been posted, what new posts were made in my groups. When I first said “no more!” I truly wondered if this would cause me to lose my love for knitting.
It’s now been a bit over two months since it all happened. I never did delete my account. I did withdraw from all the groups I had joined through the years. I left all my projects for reference. I’ve even added new projects because it is such a good resource/tool. I have not purchased a single new pattern there in two months. The only time I go back to the site is to update a project or check something on a project (what size needle am I using for this sweater?)
Today I realized how freeing it is to disconnect from, not only that site, but any site where I felt the need to be in constant contact. I have a heck of a lot more knitting time. I am working on finishing projects instead of starting so many new ones.
Likewise, I’ve lost interest in the games and knitting something just to get points. I’m knitting what I want to knit, without regard to whether it’s going to earn stars for my team, or whether it will count towards some milestone.
It struck me as funny how slowly I become connected to a site, whether it’s Facebook, a yarn shop, a yarn group, and then I’m obsessed with the site. I need to be more in control of my actions and not so quick to connect with such time wasters.
In the beginning of the “life after that group”, several other groups popped up. I joined a couple of them but never spent enough time there to find my niche so I think I’m going to stick with being a lone knitter – just do what I want to do, when I want to do it.
Two months ago, I never thought I’d be happy to be mostly disconnected from a site I had loved so much but I am happy and am enjoying my knitting so much more.