***Warning*** Super long caption ahead 😵
Scrolling down my IG feed has never given me so much mindfulness than today! @desireenielsenrd was talking about meditation, @joshuadlangston reminded me to take things slow in life and @didieryhc wrote a lovely note on how low engagement on instagram has affected his lifestyle on his IG & blog.
It's been more than 3 years since I started taking Instagram seriously, considering it as my visual resume. There was no sponsored posts, but merely what I was passionate at that time was shared with the public. Over the years, there have been many changes; Facebook bought Instagram, not to mention it blatantly copied Snapchat then introduced Stories, and now even added Live function. It sometimes is too distracting to even scroll down my feed, though I only follow over 300 people that I truly care and want to be connected with.
I am not denying Instagram has added so much great value to my life. The best thing about it is I've met some of the most creative, artistic and inspiring people. However, I noticed that I was comparing myself to others, feeling jealous and sometimes depressed; especially when I am going through (PMSing) unhappy with my current life situation.
I totally started taking things for granted, feeling ungrateful all the time, because other people's lives looked far better than mine. Ironically yet slowly, I am escaping from the Insta-driven depression through mindful posts from my Insta-friends. I am feeling grateful again to learn from them, to be able to be invited to events, and/or given opportunities to work with awesome people. I am starting to focus on the positive side of this whole "social" app again.
I would like to borrow this platform to let you all know that my intention of posting photos here is not to make you feel jealous, but it is simply to stay happy and healthy for myself. I am just passionate about sharing moments of my life, not because I think I am "cool" or I am a "lifestyle blogger," but because I am that extroverted, outgoing, socially-driven people person.
(to be continued on comment section)