Now boys and girls, it’s time to teach you the lesson of how everyone you see on Instagram isn’t all that they’re cracked up to be.
Behind every selfie there are hidden insecurities, secret battles or concealed hints of self doubt.
I look at myself and see flaws and imperfections that I wish to keep away from the prying eyes of Insta users. There’s that anticipated fear of being judged for the way I look, I can’t be the only person who feels this way.
It’s so important to remember that everything may not be as it seems on social media, especially Instagram. They say that a picture can paint a thousand words, more often than not those pictures are filled with hesitancy, timidity and sometimes deceit.
What I mean by that is, pictures posted on Instagram, whether they be from friends, influencers or celebrities you follow may allow everyone to believe that they have this perfect, flawless, Barbie-esque lifestyle, but it’s not necessarily true all of the time. I always aim to be as honest as I can with my followers on Instagram. if I’m in a hella evil mood, I’ll let you know. If I’m not doing great mentally, I’ll let you know. If I’m in a fantabulous mood, again, I’ll let you know. If people say that their life is perfect, believe me, they’re not telling the complete truth. No life is perfect – I certainly know mine isn’t! And I’m not ashamed or embarrassed to admit that. However, I do scroll through my Instagram feed and find myself feeling a little jealous and even a little bitter about what some of the people I follow are up to. I end up suffering with comparisonitis.
The comparison game that is played on a daily basis can be a real b*tch on our mental health. There’s no need to explain the rules of the game, we all do it, surely? I’m a guilty player of the game, I have done for so many years. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve scrolled my Instagram feed and seen photos of people then automatically think “why can’t I look like that?”. The comparison game is a shit game.
I made it a mission this year that I would try and stop the whole comparison thing, but unfortunately I have not been too successful with it so far. Well, I’ve still got half the year left to achieve that goal…you’d better pray for me that I manage it!
The point of this post? Don’t be fooled by all you see on Instagram. I fell in love with Instagram because I liked sharing my favourite memories with everyone. They may not have been terribly exciting, but they meant something to me. Nowadays, we’re all caught up in trying to post pictures that paint us to be something we’re not. It’s incredibly sad to think that we’ve allowed ourselves to become this way. Insta vs reality do not go hand in hand, well, not anymore they don’t.