Our generation is influenced a lot by social media. Now, it’s not just an addiction but our life depends on it. We post everything about what we are doing, what we are eating, who we are dating, who we broke up with, everything. This is enabled due to faster connectivity, speed in information transfer. We can now be in touch with all our friends and colleagues.
But, along the way we are some how compromising with our self-esteem and self confidence by comparing our lives with life shown on Instagram feed. We no more want to do things that make us happy, but do things that are instagrammable. We visit places where the location is fancy enough to click pictures and post it, but not because we are enraptured by it’s beauty. And then there comes the comparison. “My friends are traveling to many places and look at where am I, getting to go nowhere.” “People are doing so much, working, earning, buying cars, eating at fancy restaurants, and look at me, I am nothing.” “She is so pretty, her pictures come perfect, I look the least attractive…”
Then there comes the jealousy. Jealousy of their achievements, looks and their perfect life which to us seems like a fairy tale. Not admiration, but jealousy. We forget that even fairytales are not perfect.
We ignore the things which made others who they are now.
1) Somebody does not achieve anything without sacrifice or perseverance. And Instagram is yet to upgrade to show stories of hardwork or failures.
2) People with “wanderlust” as their caption might get many likes, but, you working your ass off is getting you ahead in the list of future influential leaders.
3) People who bought cars couldn’t do without putting 14 hours of the day in their dream.
4) There’s now competition even for who is more sad!! For needless attention. Ouch, that was harsh but a fact. Ask people who had one fight with their gf/bf.
5) Couples who post pictures do not show how much efforts they put in their relationship to make it work.
There’s time for everything. Your patience and dedication will get rewarded. But, don’t give up because someone else is doing better.
You are not aware of the life that is beyond Snapchat and Instagram.The girl who is blogging and inspiring others is going through depression because of the mental abuse she suffered when she was young. The boy who is wandering in far off places, is escaping from the loneliness of his empty house. An artist whose work is now admired and renowned, once was opposed by his own family. An entrepreneur is a college drop out. The girl who is now a billionaire once was broke and afraid.
It’s high time, that we stop comparing our lives with others and use our social handles creatively. Follow people who will inspire you, can be your role model and help you be better version yourself.
Stop measuring your self-worth by the amount of likes you get on your post. You are still young and yet to discover yourself. Take some time off from everything and everyone for yourself. Look where you were 5 years ago and look at how far you have come. You are not aware of your own growth. Your daily improvement is what you need to grade and not yourself. Your only competition is the before ‘you’.