This blog post is for all of the ladies and gentlemen who are constantly scrolling through social media comparing their own life to someone else’s accomplishments. Don’t get me wrong, I know it is easy to sulk and think that nothing good happens to you like you see on social media. It is so simple to tell yourself, “oh, I wish I was that person because their life seems easier than mine.” Please stop telling yourself that because you know what? Those “perfect” people you see on social media has real-life crises just like you even though no one seems to mention it online.
Let me just put it out there, social media is literally a huge highlight reel. Have you ever seen someone actually put themselves out there on social media like Facebook or Instagram by telling the world what they are truly going through? Have you seen someone online who list all of the obstacles they have gone through and their struggles? Do they mention the steps they had to take to get to where they are now? I barely see that on social media because people mainly post about their accomplishments instead of what they are battling with internally. However, some people do mention the things they are going through, but very few people do.
Like I have said before, I always try to be open about my struggles and what I go through on a daily basis because I know I am not the only one going through something. I want people to know they are not alone and we all have battles behind the scenes of social media. Although I am open about my struggles when I write, there are things that no one knows about and I don’t share every single one of my obstacles on social media. There is not one individual who does that.
If you are one of the ones who compare your “behind the scenes” to someone else’s highlight reel, you should stop. You have no idea what that does to your brain and it will make you feel depressed. You need to only focus on your own life. Honestly, what you see on social media isn’t always what it seems. I want you to be aware that all Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media apps, are only a highlight reel where people only post about what they have accomplished.
Sometimes social media can be a little too much for us to handle, so I advise that if it has a negative impact on your thoughts, consider taking a break from it all. Everyone can use a break from the Internet, trust me! You will not regret recharging from everything.
I was inspired to write about this topic of social media being a highlight reel because just recently I realized this happening in my life. For instance, I am a Junior in college and there are several steps that are required to be a certified teacher in Texas. I noticed that no one really mentions what it takes when you are the one behind the scenes trying to accomplish something. You see, everyone talks about what they have accomplished instead of mentioning all of the hard work and dedication they had to put into it.
To whoever is reading this, I hope you can somehow relate this to your life and I challenge you to reflect on your own life. Are you one of the ones who constantly looks at social media thinking you wish that was your life? If you are, what are you going to do about it? I want you to know that everyone struggles with this and you are not alone in this.