I love Pinterest. I really do. But one look leads to another, then another, and before I know it, five hours have gone by and I’ve saved 75 pages worth of recipes, crafts and imaginative home decorating tips, and lost most of my self-respect. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with loving Pinterest and its cute posts and creative ideas; it’s just that you can’t put it down. You really can’t; or at least I really can’t. I’ve spent whole days, interrupted only by hurried meals and bathroom breaks, frantically collecting clever tips; and I’m here to tell you, the helpful hints and decorating ideas don’t make up for the self-loathing that follows. But maybe that’s just me.
The jokes and cartoons are definitely worth it though. I could read those all day, and, unfortunately, sometimes I do. Seriously, how can you not crack up over pen and ink drawings of droll Victorian women making overtly sexual comments, or daintily lingering over glasses of wine and complaining that there aren’t enough hours in the day or men and liquor in the world to satisfy them? Who doesn’t feel that way now and again? And the office jokes are hilarious too. Tell me you’ve never wished your boss would trip over a stapler and go headlong out a third-story window. Come on. Now you can live vicariously through Pinterest and not feel guilty when you laugh at a joke that pokes fun at your work colleagues or reminds you that you’re wasting your life chained to a word processor and a meaningless, dead-end job. Ya gotta love it, right?
Jokes aside, whether or not your taste runs to the latest fashions or luxurious vacations, affordable but sumptuous jewelry, creative flower arrangements, or soap- or candle-making ideas, it’s virtually impossible not to find something that interests you on Pinterest, even if it’s just the cute cat pictures and sleeping babies posed in teacups. Most of us can’t help but get inspired, if not to create some of the projects we see, or even to start a home-based business; there’s really something for everyone. Pinterest brings out the creative, artistic side in all of us – admit it, you really want to try your hand at crafting that beautiful five-layer, flower-bedecked wedding cake, even though you can barely turn out the pre-made, pre-cut chocolate chip cookies from your local grocery store. You’d really like to grab your sleeping children or grandchildren and photograph them in clever poses that make them look like baby animals or imaginatively-disguised pea pods. We like to think we have the creative force in us to produce something awe-inspiring; and even if we don’t, it’s nice to dream.
And therein lies the problem. The older I get, the more I realize that I’m hopeless at managing my time. If given the opportunity, I will peruse Pinterest and the Internet looking for even more inventive concepts and inspiration, making lists of ingredients and jotting down ideas, which usually lie moldering in the recesses of my documents list, recipes and crafts doomed never to see the light of day. So, reluctantly, I have to curb my Pinterest addiction, set limits, and take a more sensible approach to Internet browsing. But I do so enjoy the search, the excitement of dreaming of what could be, what I could create if I just had the time!