I finally did it. I removed Candy Crush from my tablet and haven’t looked back. The breakup is official.
It wasn’t uncommon for me to come home from work, make and eat dinner, then pull out my tablet while watching tv at night. Candy Crush was an easy distraction, since it doesn’t take much time to go through my 5 tries. I always thought it was harmless, as addicting as it was. How wrong I’ve been.
Candy Crush is just that, a distraction. Not even slightly beneficial at that. While it didn’t take up much of my time, it absorbed my attention, allowing me to ignore the things that really do matter.
What am I doing with this reclaimed time? Giving my cats the attention they deserve since I’ve been at work all day. Turning off the TV and reading more books instead. Doing things around the house that I’ve pushed aside, with the excuse that they don’t take much time so I can always do them later.
Giving up small, worthless distractions like this allow me to be more present. We all owe it to ourselves to live our lives with purpose and in no way does Candy Crush allow me to live out my purpose.
What are you doing that takes you out of the present? What kind of distractions have filled your life but don’t align with your purpose and values?