Social Media Detox for a Year

Being a millennial, I have been on the internet since the year 2002 (that’s like about 15 years already?). Anybody at that time would carelessly over-shared what we have in our lives to the internet (because who the h#ll understands about consequences anyway? haha). I’m talking about the time when the nitizen uses Friendster, AOL, mIRC, Geocities, Multiply, and I really mean even-before-myspace kind of era. Like, most of people might didn’t understand what an e-mail was.

With that background in mind, I thought I was ‘smart’ enough to use the so-called social media in today’s internet. However, ever since I graduated from collage apparently I “live on the internet” more often than I live my life. Bluntly speaking, that was very intoxicating. Anyways, as you ladies and gentlemen knew from my previous post, I went for a social media detox for a year in 2016. So, here are several things that I learn from this experiment.

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New Job, New Gym, New Life


April has been amazing so far. I’m not talking about my birthday here haha. But it really has been a blast.

The highlight of this month is definitely my new job. Looking back from a few years earlier, I went from being a science student, a photographer, graphic designer, English instructor, proofreader, and then here I am now in the investigation industry. It’s challenging -not gonna lie. But it’s do-able. I just wish that Jakarta’s traffic isn’t as jammed like it is now. No wonder people can only spend so little time with family: the traffic jam is too overwhelming… every single day. Nevertheless, I’m very grateful for these new people I’m working with now. I’m starting to live a new life. And it’s one of the best birthday gift from Allah swt.

New life means new gym. I know, I know most of you might think did I lost my fvcking mind?? Every people in this planet earth doesn’t agree with me starting to hit the gym as soon as I get a job. Especially with my post-operation knee(s) February last year. I knew my knees aren’t 100% recovered yet because I was not able to train my quads. I felt that cycling and swimming didn’t effect that much in strengthening my quadricepts. I just can’t put my heart to it. For me personally, cycling is boring and I can never stand the cold water when I swim. Let’s not talk about yoga nor pilates because I hated it hahaha. What I really really enjoy is weight training. I enjoy the process, I can feel the results on my muscles and stamina, there are so many movement variations, I feel energized, it’s very much therapeutic for my mind. But I do understand that I can’t carelessly training by my self since I’m prone to injury. That’s why I’m training with a personal trainer, and I also no longer practice high intensity workouts. The result? Well, I can now pray with normal movement :) See? I’m not crazy. I have my own calculation.

Another highlight this month? I attended a wedding of my best friend last week. I met so many friends from collage and from high school at that one event. One thing that I haven’t mention here in my blog is that I had been on ‘social media detox’ for one year since last April. No Facebook, Twitter, Path, Whatsapp or even text messages. I was strictly only on Instagram and Youtube. So it was such an interesting experience meeting 50-ish acquaintances and close friends all at the same time. It’s like living alone at a deserted island then suddenly go to a big party haha. Later in the afternoon, I met someone from the internet, in person, for the first time! Yes I’m talking about you Apri! :D Haha we really should arrange better meetings next time.

30 Days Writing Challenge | Day 8

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Day 8: Share something you struggle with

Tadinya saya mau bikin post terpisah untuk ini yang membahas semua-muanya dengan komplit (spesial -seperti nasi goreng). Tapi ternyata tema 30 Days Writing Challenge kali ini sangat cocok dengan sesuatu yang baru saja saya alami. So, why not do them both in one post?

I’m currently struggling with post arthroscopic knee surgery. Bahasa belanda-nya: pascaoperasi arthroscopy lutut.
Disini saya ngga akan dengan detail membahas teknis operasi dan kondisi saya -I’ll tell you why later on. So this is what I can share right now. Not much. But it is what it is.

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3 Things that I Look Forward To in 2016

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Saya ngga gitu yakin memberi judul postingan ini sebagai “a new year resolution list” heheh, because you know, a lot of people don’t really do them. Seperti saya yang sudah 4 tahun terakhir tidak terlalu ‘ngoyo’ dengan resolusi tahun baru, tapi alhamdulillah sering kali merasa cukup puas dengan apa yang ada #pasrah #haha. Jadi ya, I just want to change things a bit dengan merutinkan simple basic things to do in the year 2016!

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