Monday, August 14, 2017

A Low Key Life

If you have been following me on Blogger, you should have known by now that I'm no longer active on social media – mainly Instagram and Facebook. Although I've never explained in detail about this decision, I did mention the issues that I'm currently going through in regards to social media in my previous posts. There are times when I think it's best to quit these social platforms for good. But to quit too soon may not also be a good idea. I had been an active user of Instagram and Facebook since 2012 or earlier. As much as I wanted to quit, I still had the best moments and memories with it.

When I was a very active user, I didn't pay enough attention to myself. I was so busy trying to gain attention from my virtual friends and strangers. The sad thing was I could feel myself longing for something but I didn't look through it so I didn't know what it was. I went on chasing for things that I shouldn't be chasing not knowing that I was only making the situation worse – uploading and deleting photos because it didn't go well with the feed, obsessing over the amount of followers I had, posting tons of selfies to gain likes and followers, and many more. But the scariest thing of all was I compared myself to other girls – be it about my body or facial beauty. I didn't feel happy about myself. There was a sense of self-hatred existed in me. I was not in a healthy state of mind.

Realising that I should do something about it for my own good, I decided to be away from social media for awhile. The first week of keeping myself away from these social networks was very helpful. I started to gain focus in life and manage to take care of myself emotionally. A week later, I felt happier and better than I did before. Though it had only been a week but the result was amazing! Subhanallah.

Now, it has been a month since I made this decision. To some people, this is nothing than just a simple decision made. But for me, it is more than that because by far it has given tremendous impact in my life. I still post photos and do instastories, but less often than I did before. I would post photos whenever appropriate.

If you're currently not happy with your life, my advice is try to distant yourself from social media. I understand there are pros and cons of social media but in time like this yourself need yourself the most. So take some time off and engage with other people more in reality than you do virtually. Find something interesting to do – like me, I would spend my time watching my favourite series.

I remember reading a relatable quote from a famous Indonesian celebrity,

“A lot of people were saying why I am so low key lately? It is because I am enjoying living my life instead of trying to prove I have one.”
— Acha Septriasa

It's true. When you spend most of your time posting photos trying to show or justify how you're doing in life or showing off what you have, you'll never be happy. Maybe on the outside but not on the inside. Because that satisfaction is just temporary. I hope by sharing this could help others to realise how damaging social media can be. We are getting older everyday yet we spend most of our time staring at the phone scrolling up and down. So busy living in a virtual world, we forgot to enjoy the reality.

Until then, good night everyone!







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