I think I just did the most liberating thing I’ve ever done in my whole life. This was truly a 21st century liberation experience.
I took off my email shackles.
Let me back up a bit. I got a new laptop for my birthday back in early February. But I’ve been holding off on setting up Outlook email on my new laptop. I wanted to port over my old messages and the instructions said to do that before setting up my account. And I kept putting it off, until I had time to do it and even undo it if it went badly. Which meant I was still tied to booting up my old, slow, overheating laptop every day.
It was my virtual ball and chain.
And then it hit me…why would I drag all those emails with me? This was my chance to start with an empty inbox.
A veritable, bona fide
Aka tabula rasa.
Yes, there are a few messages I’ll probably forward to myself for posterity. But most of them? Pfffft.
As wonderful as that decision was, it wasn’t the truly liberating part.
THAT happened when I went through my inbox and unsubscribed from countless email lists I had unwittingly signed up for. From American Eagle to Zillow and every letter of the alphabet in between. Took me about an hour but it was an hour well-spent.
Oh and I deleted a few emails in the process…
Free at last, free at last.
Have you liberated yourself in some profound, fundamental way lately? Or are you one of those blessed souls that keeps your inbox cleaned out and never become encumbered by it? If so, good for you! For the rest of us, I say let’s rise up and call an end to the siege of incessant marketing ploys and gimmicks. A clean-as-a-whistle desk may be an indication of an unstable mind, but a clean inbox is pure unadulterated freedom.