What I have to tell you in this letter is very hard for me to write, but will be even harder to do. Facebook, I think we need a break. Not a break-up, but just a short break. It's not you, it's me. Well, a little you, but mostly me. You have been so good to me. You have reconnected me with old friends from Florida, Germany, Massachusetts, and all the other places I have lived. With you I have found family I didn't even know existed, former students and their parents, and even our favorite nurse from when Caleb was ill. You have given me advice, recipes, jokes, and shown me hilarious and amazing videos and pictures. FB, you had a huge part in growing my businesses and I am so thankful for that. I have been able to share my world with you...my stories, photos of my family and our adventures, my happy times and my down times. I am able to catch up with friends I might have never seen again. You have treated me well in so many ways, but I need my space.
I used to play my guitar, sing, write, paint, and read. I still did all of those things during our first two years together, but these days I am noticing that I am spending all of my free time with you. I hardly do any of the things I used to love. Facebook, I love you, but I feel like I'm being smothered. I just need a little space to get back to who I used to be.
I didn't want to tell you this, but here goes. Many times you are inspiring, funny, and cheerful, but I think you might have a problem with mood swings. There are other times when you are negative, competitive, and just down right passive aggressive. I mean, you hate it when it's warm, but then you hate it when it's cold. Sometimes, it seems like all you do is complain. It seems like you are always trying to compete or argue with someone. And every so often you say something passive aggressive. Facebook, if you have a problem with someone, just tell them. You are a grown up. You don't need a secret code status update to tell someone they made you mad. Most of the time I love you, but dude, lately you have been bringing me down and I need to get away from that for a little while.
It's not like we will never see each other. I will still check in on you to see who has had a baby or is getting married. I'll still send you photos from instagram or pinterest and I promise that I will hang out with you for a few minutes each day on S.L. Smith Photography and Stephanie Smith Outloud.
Facebook, this temporary separation is not a bad thing. I promise, it will be good for us. Soon, I will be back, but we need to discuss boundaries.
I'll see you around.