It is extremely ironic that I am blogging. I am a pretty private person, and have a hard time opening up to my friends, let alone strangers. I do not have facebook and haven’t posted on instagram since August 2016.
With that in mind, you probably think the last thing that I would be doing on a Saturday night is blogging.
But here I am….
Before I started to write this post I had started to come up with a couple of ideas for my blog. I was thinking that I could take some “fall-ish” pictures and talk about the transition from summer to fall.
Until I realized, I was stuck.
The pressure I was putting on myself for this blog was ridiculous.
It reminded me of the reason why I rarely engage with social media.
To give you some context and an example; last year, my sister moved to Hawaii. She frequently posted pictures of herself enjoying paradise, and looked to be having the time of her life.
Below you see the picture of my sister in a sunflower field…
Well it looks like she is having a great day. As an outsider looking in, you might be jealous of her parading through a sunflower field in Hawaii. However, my sister couldn’t have been more miserable. She quit her job and flew home that very night.
Therefore, I recognize I need to stop striving for perfection; whether it be for this blog, a school assignment or even with my own physical appearance.
I think that social media is saturated with people showcasing their “best self”, and not necessarily their authentic self. There is a definite power in showcasing not just your strengths, but your weaknesses.
For example, look at Selena Gomez’s instagram post from last week (9 million likes)! It was very brave of Selena to open up so publicly about her own health struggles.
Everybody – even celebrities like Selena Gomez, struggle with their own personal battles. Ultimately, we need to embrace our imperfections.
I am hoping I can be share my true self; flaws and all on my blog! __________________________________________________________________________________________
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