Lately I have been thinking a lot…and when I think a lot I get myself into trouble sometimes. I think, over think, and worry about things I have no control over. I worry about people, things, me, my family, my body, lifestyle, choices, etc. which I think we all do. However, this time when I was thinking it was different… I was thinking about Instagram and the squares behind it, the people behind the little squares that show up in your feed that we all just scroll through generally just looking at the picture, sometimes reading the comment, and rarely commenting back to them.
Those little squares are someone, there is a real life person behind those squares. I have made so many amazing friends through those little pictures, people I would have never met otherwise. People that are my “tribe”, “people”, and so much more to me. However, how many more people could I have touch my life, share their story, and add so much to mine if I just took a second longer while scrolling, a second longer to read their caption in what I “think” is their voice, see the person behind the image, think about the struggle that may be hidden behind the pretty little square… Yes we should be spending more time with our family than on social media, but how much more would we get out of social media if when we read it, truly read it, see the story behind it and make our scrolling more intentional with engaging with others? We might not get through everyones’ pictures and that’s okay but if we did a few and truly thought about what they are saying, the REAL person behind the photo and maybe think about the struggles that may not be seen in the photo.
This is something about Instagram that I am really going to work on. Being intentional when scrolling through my news feed, and making sure that I can connect with you babes on my feed for when you scroll through my photos. Making my captions mean something, not just telling you that I love a shirt (but I really love to share what I love with you). I challenge you to do the same about Instagram, make your scrolling intentional, listening and reading peoples stories, lives, and truly making connections. I think if we do this, it will completely change our views on social media, what it is, what it can be come, and what we can get from it.
Photos by Kelsie EmM Photography