***Originally Posted February 6, 2016***
Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat. We log onto social media and see other people’s lives. We follow celebrities and people we don’t know and get caught up in what their lives look like. Society tells us how we should dress or live so unconsciously, we live lives of comparison. “I want that body”, “I need to make that much money so that I can buy that car”, “I need my significant other to look like that, say those things, buy me these things to show me love”, etc. Let’s take a second to think about it, though.
Before you post on Facebook, you think (you should, anyway). You carefully curate that 140 character tweet. You slap a filter on that Instagram photo or you crop it and make sure the caption is perfect! And the snaps! Oh, the snaps MUST BE LIT! You’re painting a picture and dammit, it better be a masterpiece!
Meanwhile, life’s not perfect. The imperfection of life is what makes it a masterpiece. Though I've always been too lazy to try and emulate the lives of others I did compare myself to people that I don't even know. Recently, I realized something SO important!
I turned my focus to ME. I decided to be the best me possible for myself and those around me. I do everything with a purpose. I practice yoga because it challenges me physically which then challenges me mentally. I stay positive (realistic, but positive) because I believe that the energy you release is the energy that you will receive. I’m eating better because I hate being addicted to food and junk. I slip and eat snack cakes and fried foods, but I'm working on consistently eating well. I place an emphasis on learning everything I can about myself because I don't believe that I can be the best me if I don't know who I am. All that.
I'm surrounded by supportive, honest individuals but we all encounter plenty of people who won't believe in us. Here’s what I’ve found:
It's just you.
When you come into this world, it’s just you. Of course, you're birthed by your mother and for that she should forever be loved, but it’s just you. When you leave this world, it's just you. That being said, why get caught up in what people say? Those people who put you down probably can't fathom what you're trying to accomplish. They can't imagine going against society or stepping away from generational and cultural norms. It takes a different type of person to TRULY be different, to truly be themselves. Be you, just you. You're more than enough. You're amazing and your path to being the greatest version of you will lead you straight to happiness. That’s what's important. Not likes, followers, and shares, but you and your happiness. Be you.