I think Facebook has really changed the way people communicate with each other, much the same way email came along in the mid 90's. But unlike email which could never keep you updated and connected, Facebook covers all of this and more with instant updates and posts.
We all have routines in our lives, and morning routines are something that each and every person has to start their days off on the right foot. If you are ever curious about how to piss someone off to start their day, ruin their morning routine by forcing them out of it. Take away their coffee, tea, workout, newspaper, snooze button, kids, dogs, cats or music and you would see a grown up person struggle for survival. It's as if you are starving them from air. They will try to be cool about it at first, but you will soon see them freak out and make an ass out of themselves.
Well, my morning routine is no different. I love to sit down at my computer with my hot cup of coffee, and surf my Facebook and look what happened in the 8 hours of my sleeping pattern. By the time I wake up, my European friends are almost ready to finish their working day, and the east coast of North America has been going for a couple hours, so there is always a ton of checking up to do. I see all my friends' posts and I laugh, or I sympathize with each one. I scroll down on each post and give each one their due, and I might comment here or there. But mostly, I take all the positive energy from this, and start my day with it. In fact, it's almost as if I am "filling up" at the gas pumps of life, so that I can go about my day with a full tank.
Some of the posts I see remind me of humour. I have some very consistently funny friends, and they never cease to amaze me with their wit. Some of the posts I read create great memories of friends I have known for decades, some sad news, and then there are some inspirational posts that make me put my life in it's own perspective. -That it's all relative. I need to be constantly reminding myself about this to keep everything in perspective.
Nothing that really goes on in my life is of major significance that I have to worry about things getting better or worse. Before Facebook, I would never really have that perception, and I became really bottled in my own life. Now, there are people in my friends list that I know well, or know not so well, but they all teach me a lesson each and every day.
I read about some single mothers out there, or people caught in really bad relationships and I see them struggle, and I empathize with them. I admire their courage and perseverance in life, and they inspire me. I look at how much I know about them, or what more, how much I DON'T know about them, and I gain a new appreciation for them. I see the good side of people, and then the people that just seem oblivious to what is going on in everyday life. People are so wrapped up in their own little worlds, that it really amazes me what they comment on.
Now I know that it's not a contest, but I would like to think that updating your Facebook status would be something that people use to show everyone around them what they are thinking, or what is on their minds. So the more you show, the more you intrigue a person who you might inspire. So in that line of thinking, why wouldn't you want to inspire people around you?
So throw out something inspiring for us Facebook addicts to read. -Be creative, and for the love of God, please do not be boring. Get your personality out there, and let the waves of your identity touch the people who know and love you. And in turn, you will create positive energy and get it back from the great feedback that Facebook and life can bring...