Confession time: I spend hours every day staring at photos of beautiful women wondering why I don’t look like them.
If this small confession doesn’t surprise you then it probably means you’re just like me. I have analysed every bump, roll, and scar that I find unflattering or imperfect, I’ve cried over how terrible my natural body makes me feel, tried to hide it by editing away the scars or smoothing over reality. I’ve written and deleted then re-written captions in the hope of seeming witty or cool.
In the world of Instagram where photoshopping is the norm, putting yourself out there can be scary, you’re expected to be a confident and perfect 24/7. I’ve been blogging for 4 years now and only in recent years have I started to feel more pressure to follow the trends and fit in with everyone else. Being a content creator there is this content struggle of finding the perfect line for “How can I keep my priorities straight and still grow an online following, where everything is based on likes and popularity?”.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’m perfect at doing this, but somethings can do help me are: remember Instagram is not reality & challenge myself to not be perfect.
Instead of thinking that social media is wasting my time, I’m thinking of it as an investment in my future.
It’s not easy coping with the pressures that social media can have on the mind but with time and education, it gets easier. I’m not perfect at this by any means but I’m getting there, I’m trying to show or even share more of my reality on social media. There is power in doing things that scare you, like posting pictures where you don’t think you look perfect. If my blog and my Instagram are going to be real depictions of my life, then they can’t all be perfect.
I know the insecurity that Instagram can produce in other people, me included. But while I try to create good quality content that I’m proud of, I want to be honest and show people that I’m not perfect and that’s okay. I am living in the reality that my life isn’t all coffee dates and beach holidays, its university deadlines, its early mornings and late nights, it’s my reality.
If you are scared of putting yourself out there online, don’t be. You can be real and online, you don’t have to be perfect to be on social media, that’s not what it was created for.