The unbearable lightness of being...on social media


I have been swimming in the Irish sea for the past three and half years, pretty much every morning.

There is a group of us that "bathe" together and pretty much every day we are going for a coffee to share our stories, our ideas, our pain and "socialise" with each other and other people.


A couple of weeks ago i was stopped while I was walking back from the beach; "Do you swim? Everyday"

When I replied affirmatively, my interlocutor replied:

"But I never see you putting any photos on social media?!"


It reminded me of a swim that in London in the middle of February with a couple of well known social media people. The air was about 7 degrees. The water only 4 degrees.


We were in the beautiful Hampstead heath, in the mens' pond. We shook hands (I was over to interview one of the guys and we had decided to have a swim before breakfast) and got undressed in the chilled winter air.


I was ready to go. I had psyched myself to jump into the the near freezing water and get dressed as soon as possible.


My newly found acquaintances were making sure that photographs were taken, before getting into the water (and afterward too!).

I chose to avoid the photo opportunity and went about my cold swim...

Upon my questioning the "benefits" of the photo op... I was told:

"If it's not on Instagram, it didn't happen!!"


Wise words indeed...




You live your life, you go in shadows You'll come apart and you'll go black Some kind of night into your darkness Colors your eyes with what's not there

Fade into you Strange you never knew Fade into you I think it's strange you never knew

Mazzy Star

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