Recently, I did three things to make my life simpler and I didn’t even realize it. They are as follows:
- I unfollowed Kylie Jenner on every single social media outlet. Shocking, I know, because isn’t she supposed to be the patron saint of social media?
- I cancelled my Hulu account…for the time being. A Hulu rabbit hole is almost as bad as YouTube rabbit hole. Almost.
- I went back to my favorite park to run. I know what you’re thinking, “there are parks in Vegas?”
Let’s start with the KJ scenario. I would see her posts and really stupid snaps and get annoyed because of how dumb I found them and because of how much time I was wasting on them in general. Then one day a couple weeks ago, I said “I’m done!” and promptly made it my mission to unfollow. Everywhere. I couldn’t handle the pout or the fact that she has more cars than I have vacation days left for the year. Why in the world was I subjecting myself to the nonsense? That’s when I realized…I didn’t have to at all! Unfollow…BYE FELICIA!
Next up, Hulu. I found ways to get things done “while watching Hulu” – a really dumb idea if you’re trying to clean the bathroom and the TV is in the living room. Or if you’re trying to edit or do work that requires you to pay attention.
Side Note: I do NOT believe in multitasking (unless both activities are mindless). This is an concept that was introduced to me in a book I now love called “The One Thing.”
Plus, I already subscribe to Netflix and HBO and for someone who promotes going out and living your life, I figured I would practice what I preach and make an effort to watch less TV. On top of this, think of all the things I can now do with that extra $11.99 per month! Like park at a resort on The Strip for a night! (Paying to park in Vegas is bullshit. Ask any local.)
Finally, switching up where I was running last week. I went back to my favorite park to run. We’ve had some crazy thunderstorms and flash floods happening in the Vegas Valley lately. This cooled the afternoon temperatures and provided some very desirable cloud coverage.
I took the opportunity to sleep in and run after work, which I like to do anyway. Running is a stress reliever for me, so being able to do it after a day at the office is perfect. Of course this meant I had to go run at my favorite park in Vegas, Sunset Park. The park has plenty of courts, playgrounds, grassy areas, a nature preserve with a pathway and even a pond with ducks. The ducks are my favorite because I really want a pet duck, but I have neither the time nor the space for one. : (
Running at Sunset Park last week was nice because I didn’t have to worry about cars, semis, the homeless population or creepy men who yell at me and try to lure me into their trucks. Although, I have seen plenty of drunk people. They’re all harmless, I assure you.
By eliminating these potentially deadly distractions, I was better able to stay in my own lane and focus on the task at hand: pace, stride, mental focus and strength, what Tom DeLonge is ACTUALLY saying in that Angels & Airwaves song. You know, the important stuff. Wait, am I aging myself? I still do have headphones with a wire. Insert grandma emoji. Ok tangent over.
I think it is so important to eliminate distractions and stay in your own lane for a plethora of reasons. Not only will you be a less dreadful human to those around you when you stop caring about what your peers are doing, within reason, but you will also eliminate unnecessary bullshit from your own life.
When I stopped caring about what other people thought or what they said about me, I felt so much lighter and free to live my own damn life the way I pleased. On the other hand, when I stopped caring about what the bitch in the cube down the row was doing with her day aka not actually working, it felt so good. It truly didn’t matter because it did not affect me in the slightest if she wasn’t actually doing her job. When I stopped paying attention to what that one bitch on Facebook I went to high school with was doing, it felt even better. We don’t even live in the same state!! And when I unfollowed some girl who is younger than me and richer than Gatsby, I lost the stupidest waste of time in my life.
Ahhhh, that makes more time for sleeping, running, socializing and planning my Halloween pre-game party. Not to mention the elimination of an unnecessary and premature spike in personal blood pressure.
See what I’m getting at here??
See how much easier and stress-free it is to stay in your own lane and eliminate distractions?
Whether I’m running or watching Snapchat Stories while oil pulling at the end of the day, I only want to consume things that will leave me feeling inspired and not wanting to murder someone. I don’t want the anxiety of dodging cars or the occasional creeper as I’m training for the hardest thing I’ve ever done physically. While the latter isn’t always possible, I can take steps to make sure the other parts of my life are as distraction-free as possible.
Remember, YOUR life is in YOUR control. YOU have the power to welcome and remove those things that are not supporting or inspiring you.
Happy Monday! Go out and kill it!