Happy Friday to my wonderful followers,
I realise I am breaking the norm with a second post this week but I feel like the topic that has been playing on my mind over the last few days is an important one.
I am so torn about my feelings towards social media and technology. On the one hand, I think it’s an ingenious way of keeping in touch with friends and family around the world and also I wouldn’t be able to bring my blog to you every week if it wasn’t for the Internet, but on the other it can be so alienating. Aimlessly flicking through Facebook or Instagram in a spare 5 minutes during the day can make you feel not thin, successful or fashionable enough – as though other people’s lives seem so much more interesting than your own. It can make you seem so small and insignificant against our peers, as though our handful of “real” friends can not compare to those with a million followers online.
The thing is with social media, it really is the best version of people’s lives you are seeing on your newsfeed – we aren’t interested in pictures of us sans makeup in a onesie doing the school run or the daily commute to your 9-5, we only post pictures of that marathon we completed, that amazing restaurant we visited or those new Louboutins we just had to buy which are what bring in the followers or likes. It is like a virtual form of acceptance when you see someone’s nice comment or smiley face emoticon flash up on your smart phone.
We all are guilty of posting beautiful pictures of wish you were here holiday locations or that new must have Chanel bag we secretly saved for a year to buy because that is what is deemed cool by our tech savvy generation.
I think for me, I just had a realisation today whilst talking to one of my closest friends that it is so easy to feel a sense of jealousy or resentment towards what we are subjected to online. I know now though that although I may not have super model long legs or own the most expensive collection of Birkin bags, I AM successful in my own right and I feel so lucky to have the most amazing support network of family and friends around me which truly is priceless.
Let me ask you this – when was the last time you asked your partner, best friend or colleague what they think is your best quality? We feel that we are defined but what we look like, the car we drive or if we are a home or business owner but I can guarantee their answer will be your radiant smile, your compassion towards others who are less fortunate, your business ethics or your ability to give the best hugs that they will treasure having you in their lives for.
As a working nearly 30 year old woman, I really feel like the world is my oyster. Like all of us, I feel insecure sometimes or as though I can’t do things but you just have to close your eyes and tell yourself you CAN – you will never regret trying and not succeeding, instead of not trying at all.
Be the best version of YOU 😀