Have you ever heard the phrase, you are what you eat? What about being that same person you claim to be on social media?Your photos show nothing but happiness. Look at all those followers you have? Wow, you’re fully verified on Instagram. Chances are you now an Instagram model. But something is missing, something is not quite right. That beautiful perfect person you are on social media is not a representation of who you are.
You see, in today’s world, perfection is seen through filters, photoshop, and lots of “lighting.” You often say, ‘ahhh, this is it,’ I’ve accomplished being noticed and looked up to. Everyone’s jealous of your life, but is it your real life?
In today’s world, we like to share posts, photos, recipes, and videos with all of our followers, friends, and families. Have you ever thought for a second that what you post represents who you are? Think about it carefully, you share over 100 videos a month that talk about pets, politics, make-up, or even violence. But is that the real you? Social media has mentally and physically drained some of us. Keeping track of every post you upload on social media can be exhausting, for you try too hard to please the viewers.
You have no idea how many people I’ve met in person who are miserable, unhappy, mistreated, cheaters, liars, but, most of all, fake. The fakers are those who represent something they are not. But their social platforms claim otherwise. No, this post is not to bash those people, although I am guilty of it myself. But as I’ve grown older, I realize the difference between sharing something personal to sharing successes and happiness with others.
It’s incredible seeing my old friends being successful and thriving in their careers on Facebook and Instagram. But often wonder if they’re genuinely happy? The reason I bring this up is that I’ve run into some of the old buddies, and one conversation leads to another until they say, “that person behind those photos is me but not me.” So are you saying that’s physically you but not emotionally you. Yes! Sometimes social media is an escape from real life. After all, who wants to see a sad person behind those photos? The unfortunate reality is that most of the people are not happy with their lifestyles, partners, jobs, but yet they upload the good they have in their life.
Was social media created to be a distraction from the real world? When was the last time you posted a sad status in which you didn’t feel judged? When did you last post a picture of you without a filter, showing the world how you look like in person? Celebrities’ lifestyles drive us to act like them and often want to be them. We continuously wish for something we don’t have. Trying to be something we are not. Deep inside you’re still that same girl who is still scared of the dark, the same girl who has been trying to lose weight for years but can’t accomplish confidence within your skin, the girl who is scared of being under the knife but yet want to look like all those celebrities that have the same ant body.
What I’m saying is, share the true happiness you claim to show in real life, share the confidence you have on social media, share successes, and always be gentle with others. Do post pictures that make you happy.
The world is filled with evil as it is, but always be real with yourself first before you try to be yourself with other people online. So let me ask you again, are you really who you claim to be on the internet? Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself if that’s the person you are, for we will never know.