The Instagram Burden—To Share or Not to Share
It’s been two weeks since I’ve posted on Instagram—GASP! Alert the police, my Gram-card is about to be revoked. I’m a bad human. Sigh.
Not gonna lie, I can’t help feeling like a loser every time I scroll through Instagram and see others sharing their lives and work. It’s like ‘c’mon Lizelly, get with it! You’re going to lose your 600+ followers!’ (insert eye-rolling-emoji). Guilt starts to creep its furry face and I feel an urge to post an apology for putting Instagram on the back burner. That’s TOTALLY not healthy, right?!
Of course not! I know better than that. I’m a confident, intelligent, creative woman who’s smart enough to distinguish when something that’s supposed to be fun is actually more of a burden. I know when to pause and breath. So that’s what I’ve done.
I started to use Instagram for two reasons: one, to share my creative work and connect with potential clients and peers, and, two, on a personal account, to stay in touch with family and friends. But over time, I started to focus more on my ‘work’ account which evolved into a creative personal account that I kept up because it was fun. Life was good, and I wanted to share it.
It’s until recently, when I noticed that during my happiest experiences, just as I was living whatever particular moment I was in, my brain immediately switched to Instagram-mode and was beginning to frame and style a shot that I could share. In that instant, my blissful moment was no longer because the simple thought of ‘Oooh, I have to share this!’, disrupted what was.
It’s no coincidence that in the past two days I’ve come across a few blog posts and interviews where they talked about how our phones and apps are designed to make us addicted to them. Well, I’m tired of it! Yes, we all have the will and the choice to put our phones down and be in the moment, but when most of society is constantly in share-mode it’s easy to be the odd-one-out.
This blog post can turn into a full-on rant really fast, which is not my purpose. I guess I just wanted to let it all out, clear my mind, and make a personal statement to myself: our phones, Instagram, or whatever social media outlet we use are supposed to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. Let’s not forget that actual in-real-life interactions and conversations, without the disruption of a full-on photoshoot, are what help us understand each other and live a happier life.
Let’s be ok with taking some time away from social platforms (w/out the guilt and stress). Being in the present moment, whether for a minute or an hour, letting that subtle and joyful feeling of bliss take over our being and just enjoy it for ourselves.
Tell me, do you always have the urge to share what you’re doing, or do you live and experience the present moment for yourself? Please share in the comments below.
With much love and gratitude,