The other week I went out for dinner with one of my long time beautiful friends. She lives in North Queensland and I see her approximately twice a year, which by the way, sucks. When I saw her, she exclaimed ‘It’s a celebrity, it’s the girl from the pictures’. I was momentarily confused until she explained that for so long, all she’d see of my life was social media. Instagram pictures, facebook posts, this blog. She asked me if my life was as wonderful as it looked. As much as I spent the whole night enjoying her fine company, in the back of my mind I was thinking about my presence in social media.
Every now and then I have an ‘ah-ha’ moment when I think of or hear something revolutionary. This was an ‘ah-ha’ moment for me.
I want everything that surrounds my life to be an accurate reflection of who I am.
I want the words I say to accurately reflect what I think. I want the pictures I take and post to accurately depict the kind of life I lead.
In a world that has become so consumed with social media I find myself swept up and frustrated at the lengths we will go to to make our lives appear awesome. To make ourselves popular on facebook, to take instagram worthy shots. We structure ourselves so well that we end up portraying a slightly different version of ourselves to the world. And unfortunately, different is not always better.
I would hope that when people meet me, they think.. This girl is exactly what she seems. I know that doesn’t sound exciting or mysterious and it probably won’t win me a boyfriend anytime soon but I hope my internet life is an accurate portrayal of my real life.
I guess what I’m saying is.. I want to the be the real me all the time. What you see is what you get.