I started using social media back in 2008 or 2009. Since I have been on social media, I have seen people living magical lives, constantly posting pictures of amazing trips. Personally, though, I choose to show my real life on social media. I’m not going to pretend that my life is something that it isn’t just to get likes and followers.
My life is not always pretty or happy. I don’t always share everything about my life because I don’t find the need to, but when I do choose to share, authenticity is important to me in my real life and online. My honesty shows my personal growth because in a time when we all feel pressured to look and act perfectly, I’m choosing to highlight my imperfect life.
Society expects us to create these perfect profiles because we are supposed to want “easy,” fun lives. The reality is, though, we don’t have the lives our pictures show, and we are scared that others will judge us. I think that we need to work on making “real life” online profiles because we may think that others want to see these perfect images, but our loved ones want is the truth.
After all, you’re an amazing person whose accomplishments are mixed with failures and whose good days are mixed with bad ones. Why not share those struggles on social media and be who you really are? Once you choose to be who you were meant to, you will be free.
We need to stop giving into society’s pressure to live “perfect” lives on social media. Sharing only the best parts of our lives hurts others’ self-esteem and can affect both our mental health and theirs. Do yourself a favor: Take a look at your profile and ask yourself if it’s accurately, authentically representing your life. At the end of the day, even your struggles are beautiful, so don’t be afraid to show them off.