You may have noticed I’ve taken a little social media reprieve the last few weeks. Honestly, it’s been a long time coming.
I’ve been posting about my life since I was 14 years old. I took, edited and uploaded photos and wrote long, passionate stories on my blog nearly every single day for well over half my life. While this social media thing may be new to a lot of people, I feel that it’s been a part of my life and my identity for a long time. I documented everything. I remember a friend telling me on my 21st birthday, “It’s nice to see you with a drink in your hand instead of a camera.” That was over a decade ago. Well before smartphones or Instagram. I took it in, but I didn’t quit. I haven’t quit since.
I didn’t have a reason to. The world has molded itself accordingly. Carefully crafted self portraits turned into selfies. And now. In this world. Documenting everything is an entirely accepted way to act. It’s the norm.
I recognized this year that I never slowed down. And because of that, I thought it was important for me to start doing something new. I took a step back.
I started to focus on living my life and not focus on constantly documenting it. I started to focus more on enjoying myself and less on capturing that enjoyment. I started to focus more on slowing down and less on keeping up.
How has this helped? Well... life is easier. Straight up. Now, when I do document, I tend to keep the most precious moments to myself, for myself.
My focus has shifted: from seeking to document it all, from seeking approval or wondering why I’m anxious every time I post.... to truly just embracing life. I’ve been able to enjoy moments for exactly what they are, and not have the pressure to share every little thing I do.
Honestly, it’s also allowed me to accomplish twice as much. The saying ‘If you see me less, I’m doing more’ is a powerful one that I’ve embraced. I encourage you if you feel any of these things, please just try it. Take a day or two to just enjoy life without social media. If you feel the need to share, stop yourself. Embrace the moment you’re in. Its a WILD habit that I cannot get enough of: living life for you 🙌🏽❤️