What if the Internet disappeared tomorrow?
In today's fast paced world, of constant comparison, consumption and connection (or lack thereof), I've found it more important than ever to take time out, to assess and reassess what underpins my expectations - professionally and personally.
As someone who works in the digital landscape (lives and breathes social media), I think it's so easy to get caught up in other's seemingly 'perfect' lives and modelling your own attitudes and expectations on this. I've previously shared my thoughts on the perils of social media expectation, which to my surprise, rendered an overwhelming response.
In most cases, social media, reflects only the 'best part' of peoples lives - the holidays, the luxury wardrobes, the cars, the clothes. It's the seductive and the enticing - the stuff that gets you hooked onto your favourite new account or personality. I believe that there is a problem when one becomes so absorbed in this online vortex, that it distracts from other parts of your existence. I also believe that social media should be consumed with a 'pinch of salt' approach, so that expectations remain realistic and your own voice, personality and values aren't merged into what 'social media' defines or demands you adhere to.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not social media hating, in fact, quite the opposite. For every negative, arguably there are just as many (if not more) positives. After-all, It's afforded me the opportunity of cementing a dream career in fashion. I love the networking opportunities social media presents, and of course all the perks of being a 'blogger'. But in all honesty, none of this happened overnight, and behind the scenes there is a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears. In my opinion, I just think it's vital for everyone at some point to take stock of what's truly important - aside from online reach, presence, influence.
For me, travel, creative pursuits and solid connections with people who reiterate my own values system have to be at the core of everything I do.
Reflection is equally as important as projection and I'm constantly motivated by an evocative question my father once asked me - 'what do you want to be remembered for'...
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