Today was easy.
It’s a lot easier to avoid addictions like the internet when you’re with other people. Real people. Not to say that people that you speak to aren’t real, but they’re just not the same. You can’t call them up and ask them to come over and keep you company when you need it. They won’t be there for you if your house gets robbed or something drastic happens and you really need them.
At least, that’s what it was like for me. Mostly because the people I knew and spoke to were half a world away or more – and there was something else as well. People that I spoke to on the net were generally needy people with so many problems coming out of their ears that they don’t have the time to to care about their ‘friends’
And yet, I clung to these people like they meant something.
I’m not saying it’s true for all of them, it’s not. There are some I know and have known for a long time that aren’t like that. These are the people that if you tell them you’re taking a break from the internet, they’ll support your choices and say ‘See you when you get back.’
I know who those people are now and I feel a lot better for it.
So, today we had visitors.
It was nice to walk around Bury Market with them, and actually see the market for myself. I’ve only had the chance to wander about a couple of times – as before I used to work every market day.
It was also nice to be able to talk about my artwork as well. One of the visitors commented on a painting up in my living room and it was nice to be able to say that it had been up in the local gallery and tell her all about how it was made and the process I follow.
I felt encouraged by the conversation.