Is Pinterest causing more stress than it is fun?

Hear me out. I lost Fall of 2012 to Pinterest, so it’s not like I don’t understand. See, it started out like this:

Me, Fall 2012
Me, Fall 2012

But then it went to this…

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And, finally:

Must...finish...thesis...
Must…finish…thesis…

I’m already a believer/participant in the maker aesthetic, so to have all of these ridiculous projects IN MY FACE ALL THE TIME, created somewhat of a time suck. (Yes, I’m aware that this was really a lesson in discipline.) I couldn’t stop looking…imagining…wishing that I could afford (the time, money, effort, creative juice) to make my house look as awesome as some of those images.

Pinterest (and other similar sites) have created a shift in female (and some male) consciousnesses. Pinning is supposed to be fun, and provide ideas for entertainment, houses, weddings, outfits, and so on. What it really does is make people feel like they SHOULD be making all of these things–and maybe, just maybe, make people feel like everyone else is making these things. There’s a self-consciousness that comes with wondering about that.

Many people are not as flush as they might like to be, and instead of simply being happy with what we/they have, Pinterest creates an obsessive, habitual want mindset, that I believe only increases the struggle with the monkey mind.

I’m really not picking on Pinterest. Like an addict, I sort of still love it. However, I recognize that what it does to my way of thinking, my calm, and my desire to not desire stuff,  is not healthy for me–and those are things that matter more than any website or hobby.

All I’m saying is this: If you want to make something, make it. If you want to remodel, purchase new clothes, repurpose furniture, whatever–do it. But actually do the thing, instead of wasting half a day thinking about doing the thing. Does that make sense?

Be happy.

And, since I’m a lithe young female jam full of contradictions, here is my Lip Balm of Awesome. I made it once, 3 years ago, and I still haven’t run out of lip balm. My total cost per tub came out to less than $1.50, so it was a good deal. And quick.

Happy Tuesday.

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