Can you remember the days before you had Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. I remember when I first got AIM, I would sit upstairs in the cold office typing away. That's how I learned how to type...so sad. Social media can be great. It keeps you in touch with people who otherwise would have been lost. It creates new friendships that never would have been had. It opens your eyes to new opportunities, places, restaurants, things to try, etc. It's how I find new recipe inspiration or know where to go to eat in Boston. It's how my sister grew her business. It's how I stay in touch with friends across the globe. You get the picture.
But social media doesn't always "fill my pockets with confetti" (this quote is from Valor on Netflix, go watch it). It can be ugly and mean. It can be fake. If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything. Comments should be uplifting and encouraging, but that's not always the reality. Pictures should be motivating and encouraging, but sometimes they can be demoralizing.
The worst part is that people post their victories on Social media and then so many people compare themselves to that. No wonder people feel negatively toward themselves. You won't always live up to the victories of others and that is okay. Your victories are your own. What makes them great is that you achieve them and nobody else because we all have different circumstances and barriers. You do you. And if you start feeling negatively about yourself or comparing yourself to others then maybe you should take a break from social media.
I love getting the motivation to cook new items and explore new places in a city that I'm not super familiar with. I love encouraging others to eat ALL foods and avoid thinking of foods as good versus bad. I stay on social media to spread messages of body kindness and joy rather than strict dieting and exercise which can be both physically and mentally harmful.
I encourage you all to find people on social media with similar values and follow them. Unfollow people who bring negativity into your life. I challenge you to post the good, the bad, AND the ugly. Life isn't all butterflies and rainbows and neither should social media.