I referee with an older gentleman named Rick. He's a real nice guy and I've learned a lot of things from him over the years. Rick does this thing where he grows a beard over the winter. I'm not sure where the logic comes from, but he starts growing the beard on the fall equinox and shaves it off on the spring equinox.

I believe everyone should have a beard at all times, but I appreciate doing things on "significant" days.

A lot of people do things on New Years. It's a somewhat significant day on the calendar and it's easy to base goals on because you know for sure when you started. Really, you can do this at the first of every month and really any other day, but it is quite satisfying to start something on 1/1 of the new year.

Using the equinox in the same way is something I had never thought of. You're using a significant day that is easy to find in your calendar and setting yourself a goal/timetable of ~6 months. You know when you started and you know when you end.

This got me thinking a little, but I kind of put it on the back burner...

And then I watched "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix. It's an absolutely phenomenal movie and it sparked a lot of thoughts in my brain. I already spend a lot of time thinking about the impact of social media, but it was a real kick to take it more seriously and be more mindful of my interactions with social media.

So here's what I'm going to try to do for my "Fall Equinox Resolution".

I'm going to take a break from social media, to an extent. Basically, I'm removing myself from the equation. I've created a series of bots that will allow me to continue to work on building the habit of posting and sharing those posts, but will allow me to detach myself from that. So it's kind of a half break in a pseudo-narcissistic way.

We'll give it a go for a little bit and see how it works. Maybe a little ways in I'll do a write up on the bots and scripts I'm using to make it all work. That might be fun.