Photographer: Jeff Dronkers
Last week, I took off on vacation and you may or may not have noticed that I was fairly quiet online. I’d like to think I was at least a little missed, or you were just glad that I wasn’t rambling on about how much you need some fall candles and pumpkin recipes in your life.
My absence was planned and I’m going to tell you why:
Our lives go at 300 miles per hour rushing past us, responsibilities pulling us in every direction, social media and our online life consuming us. Working in digital marketing and being a blogger means my life is literally all about online presence, professionally and personally. I wanted to disconnect (as much as I could) and really enjoy some time off, be in the moment, and feel free from being defined by likes and page views. I love what I do, and I also love spending time out in this beautiful world without my phone attached to me.
Essena O’Neill recently made headlines for giving up her social media stardom and calling BS on the platforms that made her a comfortable living for being fake. While I’m not suggesting we all delete our Instagrams, it brings me to a meaningful point:
We are more than what we see online. So much more.
We always want to put our best face forward and paint the image of the perfect life. But everyone has their flaws. Everyone struggles. Even when it seems like they have it all together. Let’s remember that we’re all human and more importantly, let’s remember to show some kindness. Encourage your friend to follow her dreams, cut that blogger some slack when she posts a personal picture, don’t comment on someone’s picture unless it’s kind, and spread a little love around — it goes a long way.
I encourage all of you to take some time, even if it’s just a few hours, to disconnect. Leave your phone at home and go on a walk or a hike. Get outside and enjoy everything this world has to offer beyond the computer screen.
Be kind to others and be kind to yourself.