It only took me about 45 years or so to discover that I’m part Irish. No, really. According to family lore, we’re part Leprechaun on Dad’s side. In fact, there’s a village in County Kildare, Ireland with our surname on it.
How cool is that?
Sunny & Chipper
Today being even a bit Irish is especially cool, for obvious reasons. And I’m feeling pretty sunny and chipper.
Another reason for today’s good humor involves a decision I recently made regarding social media. It was just taking up too much of my life. Trying to keep up with The Rules for Facebook Group A. The To Do list for Instagram Group B. Being required to Like and Comment on other posts that I don’t have the slightest interest in.
Cliff’s Notes Version: I can think for myself just fine, thank you very much. If I need help, I’ll ask for it. I don’t need you telling me what to do or how to do it.
Other version: If you’re going to tell me what to do and how to do it, you better have a darn good reason. And some gravitas to back it up.
In other words: I don’t do mind-numbed robot.
Speaking of Robots
Regarding social media, that puppy can devour your whole day if you let it. I found it was taking too much time away from other interests. Like wrapping up my awesome, soon-to-be released book, The Small Things: What ‘The Waltons’ Taught Me About Writing & More.
I’ve always had a maverick streak. I don’t have issues with following the rules. Unless The Rules don’t make any sense, or become particularly onerous or odious. Or The Rule Enforcers in voluntary forums go all Dirty Harry on me. Or some “admin” goes all Thou Shalt as if s/he’s carrying around a couple stone tablets from Mount Sinai.
I have an answer for that: Nah. Life’s too short.
Frankly, I’ve got better things to do than Like random fashion posts. Or scrape together a sincere comment on topics I don’t have the slightest interest in.
So I unplugged. Pulled back from all things social media for a couple weeks.
Know what? I don’t miss it. Not so much as a single Leprechaun. In fact, my days are calmer. A lot less stressed than when I was trying to keep up with All of the Above.
I’m still on certain platforms to some extent. I check in with different on-line groups now and then. But on my terms. That maverick thing again.
Wait. Did I say “maverick”? Scratch that. According to Reference.com, some typical Irish traits include:
Generally speaking, the Irish are gregarious and polite, tending toward a laidback lifestyle with time for friends and family, the latter of which plays a central role in Irish culture. Many Irish, particularly in the Republic of Ireland (as opposed to the United Kingdom’s territory of Northern Ireland), are also passionately nationalists.
This nationalism is often accompanied by a general distaste for bureaucratic authority, and indeed authority of any kind, although the Irish will typically accept it when necessary. (Emphasis added.)
Just me Irish showing.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
Image Credit – Kiss Me.
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