How social media has helped me to let go
This has been something on my mind for a while now, as I've begun to realise the truth in it. Posting was something that absolutely terrified me before, simply because of this fear of what people will think. Not gonna lie, now it's safe to say I don't bat an eyelid- and that's something I'm so very grateful for.
I could go on about practical tips that can help you to embrace yourself and revere away from wanting others' approval, but I'm not sure how much just telling people to do something will help. In a culture where as women we're constantly being pushed to look good for the pleasure of the opposite sex, and then reprimanded for being vain, hear me when I say this...everything's a bit messed up.
Sure, I find posting pictures that you're not even comfortable with the way you look reviving, it reminds the mind 'my heart definitely is not beating to look pleasing to other people's eyes'. But that's just me and we're all different.
This has sort of steered down the image route, and let me apologise now for the terrible structure of this rant, but I hope you darlings get what I mean.
At the end of the day, I can't think of one reason why what people think of me matters.
In a culture where as women we're constantly being pushed to look good for the pleasure of the opposite sex, and then reprimanded for being vain, hear me when I say this...everything's a bit messed up
However much social media pushes for a certain image, to find your own space in that is really important- whatever that looks like for you. When we see teenage accounts and can't tell one girl from the other, same clothes, same expression, same filters, it just makes me long for a place where we'll finally not be afraid to throw ourselves into our individuality. What are the things that get you so passionate your eyes begin to sparkle just thinking about them, and why are we so afraid to step out and express that?
There's actually a verse that sums all this up well, Galatians 1:10, "Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ"
It's a verse that's been on my mind for some months now, and I've found oh so liberating.
I have a friend who has a band everyday on his wrist that says 'Audience Of One' to remind him that the only person that matters is God as he looks on us. The rest of everyone and what they judge us as is irrelevant.
But more than that. It's about where we're looking to get the assurance that we're okay.
Galations 1:10 again "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God?"
You can just hear Jesus going 'why are you trying to find others approval? It's so pointless! Just come follow me'.
Because he's a freedom-giver like that.
And then he'd go around following all those with under 20 followers.
Because he's just awesome like that.
Photos taken by myself- in the bedroom