"Haven't been on here in a while..." is something I read a lot from people I follow on here. While I understand the sentiment, I don't feel it's necessary to address. I'm not sitting by my newsfeed hitting refresh every week waiting for your journal. I don't know, maybe there are people like that. Very much like when 'Content Creators' begin every single one of their videos with, "Hey guys! So..." It's a nice entrance - very welcoming - but where is the finesse in individuality?
Saying you haven't posted in a while is redundant. It should be obvious to the ones paying any kind of attention. For those that are and are curious why you have been absent, I'm sure they will confront you with that question. On the other hand, sometimes I didn't even realize said person hadn't posted in a while until they said something. Still, the post itself awakes my observant mind's eye and come to the realization that yes, indeed, this person has not posted in a while. Therefore nulling the statement in all actuality.
We are all human with lives outside the internet. Or, at least, most of us. I think we can pardon someone if they don't post regularly with that understanding. In fact, I enjoy spontaneous posts from certain people because I know it will be unique and offer something special, rather than the weekly bi-line of how their entire life is going. I like being curious, and watching curious people. Discovery seems more intriguing to me.
Then again, I'm a solitary kind of guy. I enjoy minimal amounts of ingesting. Which is why I don't follow the news much. News of any kind, really. I do my research where necessary, but I feel a constant intake hinders my ability to keep my mind wide open and as free as possible in order to achieve the level of creativity I want. I need to think for myself every so often. It helps me re-center on things I enjoy, and not what others think I should enjoy. If I like something, I want it to be a genuine interest. I've fooled myself in the past in thinking I was into something, and later realizing how much I really didn't like it at all. It's scary how easy it is to get lost that way. That made me understand why I should surround myself with like-minded people. Those people help me to see things the way they are.
I have definitely been one of those persons that started my journal with "Wow, I haven't been written a journal in forever!" Just look at my archive. I'm sure you'll even see it in the title of one or two of them. But that's OK! It's helped in my search of self, and discovering who I am. Somehow I thought I'd have most of it figured out by now (I'm almost thirty), but actually it's even more exciting because of what I know, and what I understand. My twenties were/are definitely a growing decade. Now I know what I want. I'm taking it.
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