As some of you may know, comparison has been something I've struggled with a ton recently. Feelings of I'm not good enough have been clouding my thoughts. I haven't been able to think straight, so took a break from Instagram for a few days. After feeling much more secure with who I was and where I am in the moment, I signed back on. As I was scrolling through my Insta stories, I saw that @soulscripts had a new blog post up. Soul Scripts is a Christian based blog, but even if you aren't a Christian, I suggest you take a look at this quick article.
Lately it's been a trend for us to share our imperfections on social media. I think it's an awesome step in the right direction. It's great for us to recognize that we aren't perfect. We've all realized that it isn't necessary for your life to come across as flawless to everyone else. But after I read this article, I realized we aren't 100% there yet.
Now we're focusing so hard on being imperfect. We bring out our flaws. And although that's certainly better than pretending we're perfect human beings, there's still a lot of issues that come along with it. Now that imperfection is the latest trend on social media, it seems like that's all we can focus on. We can't share a good moment because then we aren't being real.
But the the truth is, real can look so many different ways. Real is messy, but it is also beautiful. Our real lives are a mix of amazing moments, along with some not so great ones. If we want to truly be "real" on Instagram, we can include both of those things. Don't feel pressured for your social media to look a certain way. It's yours, and you can choose what you want it to look like. Your Instagram can include both kinds of moments, good and bad, because life is full of both of those types of moments.
As much as we try to be "real" on Instagram, we will never truly succeed. The reason we can't be real on social media is because social media isn't real in itself. It's just an app, a place to store highlighted moments for the world to see. Now that's not bad, but we need to stop focusing so hard on trying to be real and we should just live real. Put your phone down, and focus on making real moments with your friends and the earth. Real is talking to your friends and making memories. Real can't be captured in tiny squares on your phone screen, because thats not what real is.
Instead of focusing so hard on making your life seem real, go out and LIVE IT REAL. And if you happen to capture a real moment on your camera, then go ahead and post it. But don't focus too hard on staging this realness, because real isn't staged, it's just natural. This sounds so strange, but the way to live real is to stop trying to do just that. Just let it come naturally and focus more on having fun and less on wondering of people think you're real. Just be yourself!!
If you liked this article, I want to inspire you to #LIVEREAL. If you capture real moments, use the hashtag because I'd love to see some of you guys living real moments. Be more concerned with living and less concerned about posting!! I hope you all enjoyed this and I hope it inspires you guys to get out there and go LIVE REAL!!!
Thanks so much for reading!! See ya later! <3