I haven’t been one to completely open up on social media or even on this blog, but I’m feeling inspired to do a post about this topic right now. I just read the article Elle magazine did on 18 year old Essena O’ Neil. If you haven’t read this article yet I encourage you to, http://www.elle.com/culture/
Can I make it a week without looking at Snapchat, Facebook or Instagram? And is it sad that I’m questioning whether or not I can do it? Social media has so many positives, yet also many negatives, but that’s like so many things in this world. I like it in the way that I can share my recipes with others, good café/restaurant finds, promote my blog, and also share a fun time or night out with friends with family and friends that like to see what you’re up to. I love it that I can see what my friends from high school and college are up to, but I also hate that it can suck up so much time in my day. But I guess I have to remember, I am in control of that and need to control that. I do like grabbing a great scenic picture every now and then or something else beautiful you may encounter, but we should not let that keep us from truly enjoying the moment. We are in a world where social media, pictures, phones, cameras, and all of that exists, so we can’t undo that. Instead let’s take it for what it is, but not let it consume us. Oh, and for all the people who are avid selfie takers out there, that is great and there is seriously nothing wrong with that, but just like Essena said, what is that doing for us? Like what did taking that selfie do for us, is it just for the “likes” as she was saying or what is it for? I have uploaded some selfies in my Instagram lifetime, but honestly I SUCK at selfies and that is why most of mine are like half of my face haha. At times I have totally thought, ERGH, I can’t take good selfies like those hundreds of models, celebrities or whoever it is I follow, but God seriously, whatever, I am officially embracing the fact that I am not good at taking selfies, therefore I probably should not try again. I still remember a couple of years ago in New York with one of my best friends, we were talking about how we loved Shay Mitchell’s Instagram and how she always had this amazing, candid pictures. We tried some Shay snaps and failed haha. After reading Essena’s article though, you start to wonder how “candid” a lot of those celebrities shots really are though. So don’t feel envious of those shots because they probably were not a one-time success. I am vowing to you all that I am going to try and get better at keeping social media in its proper place in my life, and I think that is a start. Being in the moment is truly rewarding and I think we all need to realize that. Thanks for taking the time to hear my thoughts on this subject, and lets all keep living life to the fullest, hopefully with less social media and more fabulous moments! HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!