Perception v Reality

Confidence is something that every single one of us struggles with, particularly in this world of social media, Photoshop, filters. We are oversaturated with photos of others that have been so insanely doctored, altered in some way, as they strive for whatever version of perfection they envision. Inevitably, we end up comparing ourselves to these unobtainable versions of other people and that can negatively impact our own self confidence. I’m sure even Beyonce has days when she doesn’t feel her best (which seems insane because she’s BEYONCE). But she has written the best confidence pump up jam I know. Pump up jam? Just roll with it.

Well, I think it’s time we step back from it all + realize that the most powerful aspect of social media is that we are in charge of what we put out there for the world to see, and who wants to share the not so pretty aspects of themselves? Not many, I’ll tell you that right now. We have the option of altering how we appear in order to feel like a better version of ourselves, one that isn’t real or true to who we are, and sharing it.

It’s time we embrace our flaws, share our true selves with others. Of course this means we are vulnerable; whenever you share something private, intimate or personal, it opens you up to criticism, judgment by others. But, those who the most vocal are usually the ones who feel the need to bring down others to feel better about themselves. It’s cliche, it’s corny but it’s true.

You can think someone has it all because of what they put out there + then have a conversation and find out that that’s not the case at all. Perception versus reality, people. Like I said before, we have the power to share what we want as the authors of our own social media, and we can choose how we would like to be perceived. Don’t forget that we are all people just trying to make it in this world. None of us are perfect, and you never know what someone may be going through behind closed doors.

I don’t consider myself to be a particuarly articulate person, so I hope this made sense and I hope you took something from it. I started thinking about this a lot after seeing a video by one of my favorites YouTubers, Kassie from Cloudy Apples. She has a way of reminding me to stay grounded, keep it real and remember that we are all on this journey together.

 

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3 thoughts on “Perception v Reality

    1. It’s so true! Everyone is on their own journey dealing with road blocks, surprises, stresses. We need to remember that we aren’t alone + connect with others through talking about those struggles, I think. Glad you took something from my ramblings!

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