“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2
For over a year I begged and begged my parents to let me make an instagram account. I felt left out of the circle of my peers who had one and less than them (as dramatic as that sounds it was true). My parents finally gave in, but under certain conditions, one of which was to stay true to myself. To not CONFORM to what everyone else was posting on social media (pictures in bikinis, them and their friends just to make people feel left out, and the list could go on). My very first picture posted was somthing that I love, ice cream. I stratigicly scopped vanilla ice cream into a cone and let it drip down my hand while outside for the perfect picture. As time went on, pictures of food that I made and photographed turned into posed pictures of me and my friends. I took notice of the number of likes and comments that increased on those pictures and continued with it. This is so silly and wrong, but I made sure not to post to offen to avoid being annoying, never to post pictures that are too “artsy” or else I’d be seen as a try hard, and to always be happy and cute in my pictures.
I never once took notice of my behavior on social media until a late night talk with my mom about being myself. I don’t enjoy hurting people’s feelings by posting a picture of me and my friends. I don’t like the same posed pictures over and over again. I absolutly hate the unspoken rule of not posting to offen. So here it is, I’ve been so fake and not myself for so long on social media just to be liked. I’m done faking it and I’m now headed towards finding the real Laura Finley I lost a year ago. Don’t get me wrong, posting a cute picture of you or you and your friends is not bad! It really isn’t, just think about your motives before you put something out there on social media. I know mine used to be “look at me and my friends and what we’re doing.”
Exhibit who you are and what you love on the internet, not a fake you acting like everyone else. Don’t be afraid to be different. I love every one of you so much (those of you I’ve met through this blog and those of you who are subscribed I’m so thankful for you!) Do not conform to be like everyone else, BE YOU!!! 🙂
Love, Laura Finley Hasenbank