“Sometimes the grass is greener because it’s fake.”
I came across the above quote yesterday from one of my favorite bloggers, Payton Sartain of Hustle & Halcyon – I’m not sure who this quote is actually from, but it’s definitely the truth.
We live in the age of content overload, whether we like it or not. There’s so much good that has come from social media – we’re more connected to the people we love, and, social media has given the opportunity for creatives to share their content in a more accessible way. Scrolling through my favorite creatives and influencers on Instagram definitely keeps me inspired, but at the same time, it can make me feel defeated.
I’m sure we can all relate to feeling like our lives don’t measure up to all those influencers and celebrities we follow on Instagram. It can always look like everyone else has a more fun/interesting/exciting life than we lead. Whether that be through better clothes/friends/relationships/life experiences/parties/etc. – whatever it is that you envy through someone else’s life, we ALL have felt this way at some point. And if you haven’t, you’re lying to yourself and everyone else (sorry not sorry).
Any time we start to feel like our life doesn’t measure up to what we see on social media, we must ALWAYS remember a few key points. First, no one’s life is perfect, and just because they look like that have a perfect life on the outside, doesn’t mean anything is perfect on the inside. Remember, money doesn’t buy happiness (just take the hundreds of celebrities who have all the money in the world, yet, also have some of the most screwed up lives). Every person has their own struggles in life, whether they admit them on Instagram or not.
Second, most often, people on Instagram only show you the MOST fun parts of their life. It’s easy to think that the 1-minute story you watch on your favorite influencer’s Instagram encompasses their whole life. What you are seeing is most likely the most interesting/fun/exciting part of their day. No one’s life is fun 24/7. Everyone has a job, and has to make money and pay bills. Just remember, that even the most popular of influencers have a ton of behind-the-scenes work that occurs on a daily basis. No one’s life is all gun and games. And if it is, the fun and games will run out eventually.
Third – I suggest muting certain people’s IG profiles whenever their content is making you feel any sort of negativity. Sometimes, taking a break from content overload can be good for your mental health. Just remember, YOU ARE ENOUGH. Focus on your own life, and where you want it to go.
I would LOVE to hear from you guys regarding this topic. What are things you remind yourself of whenever you start to feel like you’re playing the comparison game? Would love to hear your thoughts! And, as always, shop this look from Target, below!
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