Last week we talked about building your brand on social media. This week let’s do the opposite. Why?
Because I woke up thinking about the work we put into building our personal brands online and how it can sometimes warp so much of our understanding of ourselves and each other.
I mean the positioning, the posturing, the posing we do on our feeds. Look, I’m guilty too.
So I wrote a few notes to myself but also wanted to share them with you, in case you need to be reminded of a few things or want some recalibration.
The need to be switched and connected to the tiny square grids of IG and its Reels, the 24-hour stories on Facebook, the long threads on Twitter are all great.
I get it. I do them all as well. But don’t for a second think it’s all real life. Take a look at the Reel I did here it’s no measuring stick for a life well-lived.
***You know what is?***
This is Joy
ME: Dancing to George Benson in my bedroom this morning. Making a smoothie and reading some poetry. Sending a giggly message to my friend, Michelle, laughing uncontrollably at a video she sent overnight.
Spending an irrational amount of time with my sister on the phone. Laughing and finding joy on Zoom with my special people #signofthetimes
Meeting my workout goals and creating space to connect to a life filled with meaning, connection, and love even if sometimes I feel the pandemic is making me a tiny bit reclusive.
Most of these things don’t get documented on social media. Life does not happen there.
Look, I think it is 100% fine to document your life and talk about what moves you but Captain Obvious here, don’t do so much of it that you get bogged down in the …
Burdens of performative culture
Consumption in overdrive
Anyway, I’d love to hear from you in the comments. What are some of your most simple joys in life right now that you seldom show on social media. Share them below and know: That’s Life Right There!