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I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, or if I’m just hormonal, but in the words of Kylie… I think I’m realising stuff ya’ll.
Being exposed to Twitter and the various types of personas you find on Twitter, is probably one of the many reasons that this has happened I suppose. I find myself getting increasingly irritated by certain content (who doesn’t?) that just doesn’t appeal to me anymore, and before you say “just unfollow them then.” I do that, but it’s just fascinating how, as you get older, your preferences in terms of content changes so much.
Dress – Zara | Trainers – Office | Denim Jacket – Warehouse (similar here)
I find myself more and more attracted to positive, happy, family friendly creators who don’t particularly stick to the ‘INSTAGRAM AESTHETIC’ of pinks, floral walls and a latte, and I’m really enjoying it.
I also follow the type of creators who will engage in a conversation with you, and actually take your thoughts on board. It may not be 2011 blogging anymore (and we will never get that back), but the interaction is lovely.
Despite the fact that I enjoy going to the gym, and improving my strength in going to the gym, I follow women who share their favourite exercises purely to build my own little set, rather than for “I REALLY JUST WANT TO LOOK LIKE HER, I LOOK AWFUL.” Whilst I can appreciate their hard work, it’s all just the way you stand in a picture and angle isn’t it? I find myself being extra critical about that sort of thing, but not at the expense of the person in the image, but more for the sake of my mental health.
Instagram isn’t real, no matter how real you try to make it.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is that I’m making efforts to put myself first more. This is something that I’ve really struggled with over the last year and a half, but honestly? It’s been freeing. It’s been better for myself and for those around me, and I’ve automatically extended that to the content that I consume. If it’s not making me happy, if I don’t have a genuine interest in searching for it off my own back, or if it just doesn’t inspire me – why am I seeing it?
With that in mind, I thought I’d open this up to you:
Curate what you consume for the better; do you have a vested interest in what you’re reading and/or the images that you see?
Surround yourself with positivity; with topics floating around such as Caster Semenya being stricken off, Georgia passing a bill for not allowing abortion at x weeks, the idea that a post-birth belly is ‘weird’ etc, there has to be a line, surely?!
- Does what you see on Instagram encourage you?
- Does it make you feel good about YOURself?
- Does it make you happy for the people in those images?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.