It is hard to imagine there was once life before social media. Actually, I still remember living life without internet and without a cell phone–what simple times. Fast forwarding to today, there are multiple social media platforms that allow us to stay digitally connected with the outside world. While some feel pretty attached to social media and there are some who have a social media addiction, there are also people who don’t even have a social media account or don’t feel the need to utilize it all too often. Personally, I don’t really care about social media all too much. Perhaps when it first came out, I was more into keeping a social media presence and posting photos from special events and from my traveling adventures. As I have gotten older, I have found myself more and more detached from updating my personal accounts and even more detached from seeing what people are up. So what changed? For one, I feel that social media has changed drastically since it first came out. Nowadays, people use it as a place to share anything and just about everything without a filter or a thought as to how it can affect others. As a result, this can create a lot of negativity and I just don’t like to invest my energy into bad energy. There are so many sources I can pick up positivity and social media is not really the place I go for that. Although there are some positive posts I come across every so often such as a birth announcement or a miraculous achievement, I rather get this information from a person directly as opposed to a public digital announcement.
Besides the underlying negativity that exists, there’s also the opposite extreme where people just post how amazing their life is. What many don’t seem to realize is that most people’s lives are not as picture perfect as they appear to be. Of course people want to showcase their very best lives but the reality is, what you see is not always what you get. A person can profess how happy they are in a relationship but behind closed doors, the couple could be going through couple’s therapy or on the verge of breaking up. It is for this reason why I don’t take what I see all too seriously because it is a small scope into one’s life and could easily be very far from the truth.
While many might look to social media and then begin to compare their own life to someone else’s, I think people should stay more focused on their personal life path as opposed to making comparisons to others–especially knowing that what they are comparing it to is probably not even that accurate anyway. I always preach that people should stay in their lane and work on bettering self. There is no need to wish for someone else’s life but to focus on manifesting everything that you personally desire and knowing that you already have everything that it takes to create the life that you want. At the end of the day, who really cares what everyone else is doing on their social media stories and posts? We should all care more about living our own life in the present moment without feeling the need to scroll through people’s digital lives on a regular basis.