I've been questioning whether or not to remove myself from facebook for a long, long time. I love the community connections I have made on it, being able to support not only the arts community but also my local community, but I disagree with so many of the platform's actions and policies that after a period of deactivating my account, I have decided to remove it altogether. At this point I am still on instagram, a platform of beautiful imagery that really resonates with me, but I wish it had never sold to facebook and was the same as it used to be. I wish that anything considered pornographic or violent in any would be removed entirely and the users blocked. I'm also finding it more difficult to navigate lately but, unlike facebook, I never leave feeling violated or attacked on my personal account in any way but rather feel supported and able to support others. I have found a sense of peace since I went off facebook that has replaced the anxiety I had been experiencing. What a liberating feeling it has been. I know that I need to be informed of what happens in the world, but also know that there are untruths and just plain meanness out there that makes my life much better if I remove myself from it. Finally, I realized that I don't need to know everything, that the world continues on without me, and there is a sense of flow and just allowing things to be that comes with it. And there is a sense of that I will know what I need to when I need to. That's a good feeling.
AIRdirondack Art Project