Whenever a new year approaches, I’m always reminded of all the little (and big) things that have changed and the ways we’ve grown. A long scroll session through my insta account made me realise I’ve changed quite a bit. I’m in the middle of my twenties and I feel like every year is a big lesson.
Today I want to talk about perfection, or rather our craving for some more realness and imperfection, online. Perfection on social media has been a huge topic lately. It’s something the new #ImPerfect campaign (that you could read as I’m perfect or imperfect) by Esprit taps into beautifully. As someone who based a business around creating content, I feel like I have some thoughts to share.
Whether you’re on social media for work or for fun, I think we’ve all at some point felt negative after comparing our day-to-day lives to other peoples carefully crafted feeds. Yup, myself included. (I’ve been stuck behind my desk staring at perfect couples on beach holidays and girls eating avocado toast on a Tuesday and mumbling: Honestly; doesn’t anyone have to work?!)
What I always try to keep in mind when I feel like I can’t keep up with all the awesome stuff everyone else is doing/eating/wearing, is that what you see is a small fraction of someone’s life. It’s literally a few minutes or moments out of an entire day. Oh, and it’s filtered too! Remember that someone’s online feed isn’t a realistic glimpse into his or her life. It’s a highlight reel.
Next to that, I think it’s good to take breaks from being online and spend some more time doing things for you – like switching off your phone and taking a hot bath or calling a friend or going for a walk. (Instead of getting sucked into that black hole of the interweb. Honestly; where does time go when you’re on Instagram?). Make a conscious decision about how much time you want to spend with your eyes off of your own path and on someone else’s.
On a side note, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m an avid poster of lattes, Sunday brunch, beauty goodies and #ootd’s. Of course, I’ve also fallen into those same like-guaranteed traps. Then again, those are the things I’m truly enjoying. Coffees with friends, or a fluffy bed on a rainy day, mean that I’m spending quality time with myself. It means that I like the way I’m living my life.
But like many of you, I’m having a bit of perfection fatigue and I am getting tired of feeling pressured by numbers and body/life/friend/relationship goals.
Perhaps we can try being less obsessed with coffee, abs and pink clouds or whatever the next (probably staged) perfect thing is. Let’s try and be more of ourselves and a bit less of what we see on Pinterest. Imperfection and flaws, that’s where the real fun begins. (Yes, that’s a reminder to myself as well).
These photos were taken at Pelican Studios, pink walls, pink curtains – this shop/studio is amazing!