hope you guys are having a great weekend 🖖🏼 I finally updated my phone and got that new set of emojis, so I’m a bit inspired to write about what’s been on my mind lately.. I think it’s important to take a moment and reflect on how integrated this app has become with our lives, mine included. I’ve had a pretty solid amount of followers since I was 16, and Im now 21. Until around a year ago, my life, along with many people’s was totally centered around taking photos and gaining followers and making money off of endorsement. Yes, this platform is unbelievably helpful as a major marketing tool for creators and companies, but it takes a huge toll on the mind. It took me a long time to see how much precious time is wasted here, taking photos, editing them, finding a cool caption, the whole process. It got so stressful that I took a break, an unofficial decision that honesty wasn’t so difficult. And I realized that upon distancing myself, I’ve felt less and less self-conscious about my appearance, my accomplishments, and my writing, even. Every time we open this app it seems like we feel like we should be doing more, be more, look different, and sometimes this is a good thing, but mostly, it’s not. I’m not going to say “embrace your uniqueness” because although that’s something important on its own, it’s not the main issue here. The problem is the overload of people and photos and information and comparisons and products, and blah blah blah all these things that our minds are NOT meant to handle all at once. Then, after our Instagram sessions we are left feeling either of two ways: riding the insta-high of likes and comments, or feeling like crap about ourselves because we don’t look like some beautiful person in a photo, or aren’t traveling the world as a career. This isn’t to say everybody experiences this, but most people I’ve seen including myself get sucked into this culture without even noticing it happen.
We need to take all of this back to simplicity. We need to remember that this an app and not a world in itself. What’s life without all this? What will you be left with other than you, the beautiful world, and pure human connection? 🌻