On Taking A Break
For the month of June, I decided to take a hiatus from blogging and from social media in general [kinda]. After graduating from college, I stayed in Charlottesville to work for a bit. I figured that taking a break would give me the chance to reflect, regroup and come back fresh once I returned to New York. Returning home meant establishing a new routine and saying goodbye to the past four years of college. I was also working 40+ hours a week and starting an internship, so running a blog didn't necessarily fit on my list of priorities. I decided not only to pause my weekly posts, but to also refrain from posting during the break.
Social media, especially Instagram, allow us to show our very best selves. We take pictures of where we're going, who we're with, what we're wearing etc. The only issue is when, while looking the highlights of everyone else's lives, we start to compare what we have going to what they have - or atleast what it looks like they have. I'm not one to doubt how blessed I am, or second-guess the path that I've found myself on, but I realized that I was trying to keep up with the creatives/influencers that I followed instead of moving at my own pace. Being a blogger, with a weekly schedule, I was constantly trying to come up with content. Beginning a major time of transition, which I'm still very much in, I was inspired to write about personal growth and self-care, but I couldn't stick to a posting schedule because life doesn't work like that.
What have I learned, you ask?
I. Move at your own pace: Don't let Instagram fool you, finding yourself and your purpose does not happen overnight. It's foolish to expect that your life and the journey you are on, will match with the people you see on your newsfeed. Whether you're a baby blogger, like me, who is looking up to other bloggers, or a person who just finds themselves lost on the Instagram explore page lusting after the lives of complete strangers, let this serve as a reminder that comparison is not the answer. It should also be mentioned that a lot of the influencers with the thousands of followers, designer clothes, and traveling to exotic places, are usually paid to post and travel to certain places wearing certain things. Any progress is still progress, and don't let anyone make you feel differently.
II. Continue to be genuine: This should be applied to anyone, but especially to those of us who use social media for business/creative reason. While trying to keep up with others, we can end up pretending to be something we aren't. Instead of showing what we think people want to see, our approach should remain authentic - no matter of what our current reality is and how it compares to others. We undervalue genuine experience when we try to compete with everyone else and present a facade.
III. Breaks are good: I'm not the first (and certainly won't be the last) person in the world that needed a break from social media. Getting caught up in what everyone else is doing every second of the day is not healthy all the time. Not checking my newsfeed constantly also made me practice not being on my phone all the time and be more present in my own life.
Taking a step back for a while definitely made me miss blogging and creating. Though I want to be a source of inspiration, I can also admit that I'm imperfect and a work in progress. You all will, of course, be updated on the exciting projects I have planned for the future. I'm back feeling more inspired and ready to get back in the swing of things.