ALL FOR THE GRAM – THE MADNESS OF TELLING IT ALL ON INSTAGRAM AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Still trying to find the best words to use to express myself that will allow you make sense of all I am about to say… How can an educated generation as ours be acting out of control and indirectly causing themselves emotional meltdown and depression while using mediums that are as beautiful as Instagram and Twitter? The answer to this question lies in the grey area of every individual’s state of sanity. The reasons why we sometimes wonder, “Why’s this person telling it all? Why are they craving for validation on social media the same way we crave for oxygen to survive?”
While I was growing up, I learnt a lesson from a neighbour of ours when he said to me, “Don’t tell the world what you want to do, show it to them when you are done achieving your set goals, even if they had the slightest idea of what it was from the get go.” This same saying could be useful for a lot of folks on social media today, especially those that have lost the moral ambiguity. Those that fail to understand that you can’t go around broadcasting every personal thing you are doing every split second. When will they understand that managing delicate life experiences like love, family, pregnancy and job expectations are crucial to managing the unforeseen circumstances that life individually throws at us to make us better people?
In recent times, I have witnessed some celebrity marriages dragged through the mold, little family scuffles made public and the worst of all, those hiding under the pretext of beautiful pictures but living with serious depression arising due to their fake lavish lifestyles of trying to keep up with the Joneses. Let truth be told, the world will continue to love you as much as you choose to love yourself and be in control of how you manage expectations. They will mock you and move on when you lose control of your sanity when expectations fall short. Don’t go around living your life for the Gram or other social media, manage what you share on them. We are all human and we all seek appreciation but manage your cravings.
– Sesan Adeniji
Culled from the latest edition of Mystreetz Magazine( Photo Tale edition )