The majority of us spend quite a lot of time on social media.
We often upload #selfies, share pictures of what we are having for tea and snap photo’s of our pets looking ridiculously cute whilst they are sleeping.
Whilst scrolling through these various platforms we are bombarded with carefully curated, little square shaped sizes of seemingly ‘unfiltered perfection’ Flawless complexions, new ‘It’ products, incredible houses, fantastic toned and tanned bodies. We like to see these nice things, some people use them as inspiration and ‘goals’ to work towards. Which is fine, in moderation.
It is hard to take social media with a pinch of salt, in the past I have felt guilty for tweeting about having a bad day, it feels like you have to be positive, but that’s not the real world. We aren’t always Pinterest, picture-perfect happy. We need to remember whilst social media is very nice to look at it isn’t always the exact truth. For example a well-known celebrity posted a picture of herself with a tea wrap across her tiny stomach claiming that it kept her stomach toned. (I rolled my eyes so hard, I almost went blind.)
It can be so easy to compare yourself, when self-esteem seems to stem from the number of likes, we receive on a bloody photo. I have seen girls tweet about taking 100’s of pictures of themselves before scrutinising over which one of them to finally upload. A friend of mine tweeted that people unfollowed her after she uploaded a selfie. To me, that’s just plain cruel. I go out of my way to like selfies, because it takes balls to upload a picture of your face to social media. To me, that picture tells me you felt cute today, so I am going to go out of my way to like it because you’ve got balls and you are beautiful.
I don’t want to un-plug from social media I want to change the way I use and view it, in this day and age I don’t think it’s a completely realistic scenario to delete all social media platforms. In a world where we are a text message and two blue tick’s away from instant contact, the world wide web is at our finger tips, I want to use social media differently. I will be sharing my bad days, hair, skin, and mental because I think it’s important to do so. Because bad days happen and they are real.
Just try to remember it is only a highlight reel, we don’t see the nitty gritty, crappy moments most of the time. I am currently sat here full of cold, with my hair in a greasy un-kempt top knot, with muddy paw prints on my dressing gown. I haven’t posted this current version of myself on my social media channels, but just because I haven’t shared it, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen. It does.
We are humans, we all have down days, we all have moments of insecurities, everyone gets spots now and again! Absolutely nobody lives the cookie-cutter, Pinterest perfect, life despite what their twitter timeline or instagram grid may tell you.