I hate Instagram, and apparently hundreds of you do, too. Here’s why.
Over the last 6 years, instagram has ruled my life. I’ll own it. At first, it was an overnight popularity game. And miraculously, it became a platform for inspiration. Then it turned into a powerful tool for connection which lead me to starting the most rewarding project of my life. Then, it became a business - a profitable and desirable one, sure. I owe Instagram for an abundance of good. But then it became my master.
This game of keeping up, and keeping relevant is wearing me out. I’m over it. There are too many rules, too many algorithms and too many expectations I put on myself to “perform well.” At the discretion of a robot, my self-worth and monetary value are measured by the number of “likes” you guys throw my way. Not my talent, or my authenticity, our connections or our integrity. I’m either thriving or dying on the will of your thumb to double tap my photos to determine an algorithm’s approval of me.
I post. I wait. I refresh... and this has become my life. It isn’t real. The images I vacantly scroll past, getting envious of and depressed over aren’t real either. Sound familiar? I don’t want to contribute to this feeling for any of you. My goal isn’t to portray a life you should aspire to have, it’s to inspire you to push yourself to greatness because I believe you are all capable, deserving goddesses.
I’m pledging to unfollow any account that causes me to measure my value or happiness against what I see, and I encourage you to do so, too. Even if it means you need to unfollow me. I promise what you see on my feed (sponsored or not) will be real representation of my life - as disjointed the aesthetic may be - it will be real. Because we can’t all live in cotton candy colored tropical locales forever.
So here’s a picture of me doing something I love that challenges me and is as real as it gets. No extravagant location or outfit, just 100% my life on a Tuesday night.
If my message still aligns with you, 🤘🏻, I’m thrilled to have you here with me.