I’m just gonna say this because it’s important and it’s something I have struggled with and I know a lot of you struggle with: if Instagram/Facebook/Snapchat/Twitter or any other piece of crap social media platform is taking time away from your life that could be better spent, you need to get that junk out of your life. Especially if you’ve got kids or a partner. If you’re on your phone right now and your kids are near you, put your phone down, look your child in the eyes and engage with them in a real way. I’m deadly serious. Put the phone down and go and have the most real play you have ever had with them.
The last few weeks, I’ve forced Instagram out of my life, which is no small thing for me (and maybe you). Social media is setup so that you can’t function without it but I made it happen. Deleted the app, enabled restrictions on my iPhone (with a password I told Kesh to never, ever, ever tell me), flicked the switch so I couldn’t install any apps, removed Safari from my phone and made it happen. I then promised myself I’d try harder as a Dad and I freaking fell in love with not just my children but my life (again). I know I sound crazy but it’s the realest thing. The past year (honestly, might be more), I have let social media overcome my life and I’m done with it.
If I’m on social media from now on, it’s because I want to share a positive message (and you better believe I’m gonna do it quickly cos life is real and I just wanna be with my wife and my boys. If I’m here, it's to encourage love or goodness or real, true engagement. And you don’t get that on your phone. I read all your comments but I probably won’t reply. Sorry.
And to clarify my earlier post, this account is now private. I don’t care if I never get another follower. I also don’t care if I don’t get booked for photography work because I don’t have enough followers. Either my work is good enough, or it isn’t. And while I want all of you here with me on this, if I don’t make sense to you, or I’m not your kinda guy, if my views don’t match yours, just tap ‘Unfollow’. No problem. Nothing but love for all of you. I want you here, unless you don’t want to be. Will explain more in future posts.