“To live is the rarest things in the world. Some people just exist.”
We are living in world today which is greatly dependent and influenced by the Social Media. Instagram, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, etc. have become a huge part of our lives. Putting up a story of what you are doing, where you are eating, posing in the new dress you bought from the store, pictures from your vacation at the beach during the foreign trip… these are the things that most of us think majority of the time these days
When we go out, all we have on our minds is “let’s click a picture here!” “A selfie with this backdrop would look awesome” “That book along with a to-go coffee in my hand would make me look so classy” “A picture of the food in this super expensive restaurant is exactly what I want on my feed right now!”
You might see someone’s feed on Instagram and wonder for a moment how amazing life that person is living – going to eat out every other day, dressing up and posting pictures so often, hanging out with so many people. But sometimes the grass is greener on the other side because it is fake.
We might be upset about something, facing a hundred different problems or struggling with something but all this while posting pictures on the internet about how happy we are with our lives or how undisturbed/ unaffected we are with all that’s going on in our lives. We would be sad, disturbed and breaking up on the inside but we’ll put up a “mask” of pure joy for a moment on our faces to click a picture and post it online. It is like living different lives – one sparkling, happy, chirpy life on the social media where you are living a dream life and one REAL life in which you have to face the reality and deal with real things, things that don’t come with a ‘Click here if you don’t wish to see this ad anymore’ option.
And that is not the only story. A lot of people feel anxious and inferior after looking at people posting such things online because then they start believing that they are wasting their lives and not living it to its fullest. They feel they are doing something wrong with their lives because they are facing so many problems in their lives whereas others are having fun and posting new pictures of them having fun. And this might even lead to these people posting things which are opposite to what they actually want or feel, just so that they could become a part of the huge social group which everyone is a part of.
It is a fight in itself, I suppose, living multiple lives. Portraying you are on top of the world when there a million things going inside you just to get social acceptance and to “show” to the world how blessed and lucky you are.
We need to break this stigma and accept that life isn’t always flowers and rainbows but also storms and destruction.
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln