On Monday, someone attempted to change my Facebook password. I have a dual ID system set up, so, they were not successful. But, when I told FB it wasn't me, some very bad things happened. My account was immediately disabled, then, 2 days later, completely deleted, with no recovery. It took another 24 hours before I was allowed to set up a new account, and there was some doubt about that.
My emotions certainly ran the gamut over those 3 days! There was anger, frustration, confusion, sadness, even some panic.
I spent some time thinking about how dependent I've become on this platform. Many of my friends and family are here, many of my clients are here, my photos and memories of events and posts over the past 10-15 years, all gone in the blink of an eye.
Then I spent some time thinking I was being ridiculous. After all, I have relationships with most of you outside of Facebook, I have my photos saved, I still have memories in my head. ;)
But, where would I get my news? I would miss discovering old friends, and new clients. Would my business suffer without an FB presence? Would I have a quieter and more focused life? Would life be easier, or harder?
Facebook has become such a large part of my life, that I really didn't know how I was going to manage without it, This is something I hadn't realized before! Hmmm. It starts to sound like an addiction doesn't it?
I'm sure I would have found ways to compensate, but, thankfully I've been allowed to "restart" my existence here. It does have a "newness" about it, a chance to redesign a few things, simplify things a little. But, it's also a daunting process to find all my peeps, set up a new business page, find all the other businesses and groups I followed. And, of course, once this is done, perhaps find a few ways to lighten this dependence! :)
This morning, I can say that it has been a very intense week, and there's a long way to go, but, I've made some great progress in rebuilding. And, most of all, I am so very thankful to all of you who are reading this post/blog. I am SO happy you're still here!!