Monday, August 19, 2013
my thoughts on "Insta"
I love Instagram. I love it because I love seeing and feeding off of positive and optimistic people. And most of the time, Instagram-ers post about their happy things: their gorgeous colorful salad or their family picnic in the backyard or the date-night with their hubbins-es. These things lift my spirits. I almost always scroll through Instagram before I fall asleep, because it leaves me feeling happy.
But in my moments of weakness, when I'm feeling like a failure anyway, I have to be sure not to check it. It makes me feel like poo that my kid isn't walking yet or that I could never make a baby shower look that cute or a DIY project that perfect.
But that's not Instagram's fault. And it's sure not Instagram users' fault, either. I read an article calling on Instagram-ers to stop posting about their perfect lives and I wholeheartedly disagreed. First of all, it's common knowledge that no one has a perfect life. And secondly, I think that people should absolutely celebrate the blessings in their lives or the weight that they've lost or the steps their child has taken or the meal that they grew in their garden. And I believe that it's my responsibility to put my phone down when I feel the jealousy trying to creep in. I believe it's my job to stop right there and pray for a grateful attitude for all the blessings I've been given that might not be in the form of a green thumb or tan skin.
What are your thoughts on Instagram?