“It’s too much!” my friend said on the phone.
“What’s too much?” I asked. “I can’t take it any more. I used to call my friends anytime I wanted to, but now, I need to schedule everything beforehand. Even a phone call to my friend. I don’t want to respond to emails. I don’t want to attend Zoom meetings. This is too much!”

She was on the verge of a breakdown. I totally understood how she felt. I don’t know about you, but sometimes this digital world can be too much for me, too. I’m an introvert. I think that this new environment fits me better than most people, but still, it’s overwhelming sometimes. Tiring, antsy, fidgety, restless, twitchy, jittery … I don’t know which word fits best. The virtual world is turbulent. I often disable my video and sound unless they’re needed, but virtual meetings can be more tiring than in-person meetings. I feel worn out after attending multiple meetings every day. It’s okay not to be okay.

If you feel too much, have a bleh time by disconnecting from the digital world or doing something unusual. The other day was one of those days for me. I needed a bleh time. So I organized the StoryMasters Cocktail Hour. No agenda, no rule, no obligation. We had fun talking about random topics. I was like a bar owner who just enjoyed being there and listening to my customers.

Tonight, I will call my friend. Nope, I’m not going to schedule the call in advance!