I watched the video posted below the other day and I was fascinated, 100% completely fascinated by this video. I even made Aaron watch it right after. After I watched it I started analyzing how I go about social media and how I feel about being glued to my phone or editing my life to make it look good on screen. I never realized how true it is. We show our best selfs to the world through our social networks. We edit and filter, add just the right words and then we hit share. I am 100% guilty of only posting decent pictures to Instagram or putting up good news on Facebook. After some time thinking about why I put only my best self out there, I realized there are a few reasons.
1. I always think, “who wants to read the bad stuff?” or “who wants to look at pictures of my messy apartment and crazy hair?”
2. I look for validation. When good things happen or I take an awesome picture I look for people to tell me how good it is or how awesome I am. This one is hard for me to admit, but I would totally be lying if I said I was never looking for validation.
3. I’m a perfectionist.
I started a blog to connect with other people. I was lonely and new to the area we were living. My friends were no where near me. My husband was busy with school. I craved connection. Well what I have realized is that the people you honestly connect with are the ones that get to see and know the good and bad. Sometimes I think we need to share the not so good, to let others know they are not alone and we are not perfect, as much as we pretend to be. The video had my brain working overdrive, I think it hit on so many key points and issues. I think there is a fine line between sharing perfect moments and bad moments. Of course no one wants to hear negative things, sad things, or see crazy pictures all the time. But I think that occasionally that messy and rough part needs to be shared, do not be afraid to be vulnerable (easier said than done- I know). So here’s to being more real on the blog and on my social media networks, and here’s to taking a social media break occasionally- I think it might be good for our health to put away Twitter and Instagram for a night.
What do you think about being connected 24/7? How did you feel about the video? Do you only put your best self out there?
Happy Wednesday, friend.