Have you noticed the impact social media has on our lives? It tells us how to dress, how to act, what our makeup should look like, how we should be doing at our current age… the list goes on. In my sociology class the other day, we watched a little bit of a film called Generation Like that PBS put on. It really got me thinking about how much we pay attention to likes, followers, shares, retweets. You name it, we care about it!
As much as we do not want to care about likes and whatever, we do. It is there in the back of our mind, and there might be a little bit of disappointment when you open your insta app to see only this many likes compared to what your past post got. Trust me, I know.
I’m guilty of this too guys, I’m not being judgmental in any way at all. In fact, I am sympathizing with you in this struggle. This film just got me thinking so much on how much time we spend on our phones and computers, disconnected from our friends and family plus many other things. I live in Colorado and it is such a beautiful state, even after 19 years of living here I am still not tired of it. The snow on the other hand, well thats a different story haha.
There is so much to do outdoors here, but often I find myself staying inside because I’d rather sit around and watch show after show or check my Facebook or instagram multiple times in ten minutes, but be real, nothing changes that fast. Social media has changed me as a person, I know it has. I’m not saying that I am terrible and lazy and whatever else all because of it, but I do know that it does not help my insecurities, my motivation and ultimately how I live my life.
Many of those who know me personally know that my faith and my walk with Jesus is so so important to me. I hate to say it but checking my snapchat is more appealing to me than getting in the word and reading what God has for me that day. I hate it. It is so hard to wake up and say “today, I choose to invest in those around me, read my bible (or even a book if you would rather not read the bible) and really just experience life in a new way, even if my schedule is close to regular today.”
I encourage you to live. Appreciate the cold, white snow falling from the sky even if winter is not your favorite. Look up at the blue sky and breathe in the fresh air blowing across your face. Put down the cell phone, log out of your accounts, smile at strangers and see if they smile back, hug your sister or brother a little tighter because they will only be this age once and it goes fast. Learn to appreciate life in a new way everyday, love the little things. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. I promise. I am on this journey with you, don’t forget that.
Much love my beauties Xxx