Since when did being chronically stressed become a badge of honour? If you think about it, our society has become so dysfunctional. We celebrate people who sacrifice their mental and physical health for the sake of achievement or success. While I fully respect people who work hard in order to reach their goals, I don’t think it’s necessary to go to the extreme. I love how social media allows people to share their success and reach a greater audience, but it has also created a rather unrealistic image of what our lives should look like.
When was the last time you saw someone post a photo on Instagram of them looking glamorous on holiday which made you slightly jealous? Admit it, we all get that once in a while. I know this phrase is overused and if I’m being honest, I’m cringing at the fact that I’m going to quote this but ‘never compare your behind the scenes with someone else’s highlight reel’.
It’s ok to not have the perfect life. It’s ok to not have everything together. It’s ok if you’re still trying to figure things out. It’s ok to sleep in on a Saturday morning instead of going for a morning spin class (or whatever’s trendy at the moment). It’s ok to prefer to have a night in with a film and pizza rather than getting drunk in the club surrounded by sweaty people (why would you choose that anyway?). It’s ok if your go-to outfit is a jumper and leggings because jeans are torture devices made by the devil. Whatever you want to do, it’s ok.
Having said that, it’s not an excuse to be lazy and sloppy just because you can. All I’m saying is we should stop chasing these false ideals that social media lead us to believe is true. You know best what works for you. Don’t do something just because someone else is. Don’t compare your success to anyone else because we are all at different stages in our lives. A good rule of thumb I like to go by is to ask myself ‘would this still bring me joy and satisfaction if social media didn’t exist?’. Think about that for a minute.