Motivational posts flood the morning newsfeed everyday on Facebook. Especially Mondays!
Meme’s about positivity, or poking light at something bombard Instagram on a daily basis.
And of course, there are the rants, the arguing between personal comments and the statuses that give away too much information. However, it is the positive posts that have the greatest impact in a not-so positive way.
In this day and age, it is hard to not get sucked in other people’s status updates, difficult to not compare ourselves to the people who seem to never experience a bad day, and it takes every once of power and might to not punch the outspoken person whose views completely differ from yours.
But guess what?
Social Media Isn’t Real!
Not always anyway.
As Fitness Professional, I am told to always post positively.
As a writer, I am told to be raw and authentic.
As a social medial influencer, I am told to be relatable, engaging and honest.
It gets confusing. There are days I spend so much time trolling the Internet seeing what other people like me are doing and posting. Analyzing the number of likes they get and the amount of followers they have. Next thing I know, hours have passed and I have not accomplished a single thing. Then I have to come back to reality. MY REALITY.
When I post a positive post, sometimes I totally feel it. Other times, I NEED TO HEAR THAT POST. That quote may be the affirmation I need for that day, and I share it because I believe someone else out there may need to hear it too.
I try to be honest with my feelings and my struggles. I am by no means perfect and I feel that allowing people in allows me to be more approachable, therefore, I have the opportunity to help and coach more people.
Some people don’t like my honesty. That’s fine. Keep scrolling or unfollow me. It has been done before and it doesn’t faze my mission or me. (Okay, it fazed me a little bit but I survived.)
When you find yourself comparing yourself to these seemingly ‘perfect’ lives on social media, ask yourself if it feels authentic or fake. I encourage you to pay attention to those that share their stories, ups and downs. Try engaging with those who provide valuable information and make social media work for you!
Social Media can be a great way to connect with others when used correctly and mindfully.
So don’t get caught up in the carefully crafted flashy photo that took many hours and apps to create.
Focus on YOU!