I Didn’t Miss You Instagram

This month has been an interesting rollercoaster, to say the least. There came one day where I got so frustrated with social media that I lashed out and said I’m done for the month… For one reason, I was literally dumb enough to buy a $1.99 app that told me who had unfollowed me and who blocked me. Why I did this? Because I care way too much. Unfortunately, I came to the understanding that multiple friends and loved ones had unfollowed me. AND two people who I have never had confrontation with had blocked me. I’m not here to go on about that, but I’m here to tell you that I was so upset that this fabricated app had me feeling this way. So, I said I’m done.

A few days later, the prophet came out and asked women to get off social media for a week or so. I was so grateful I had started the process already, and his words had given me motivation to go forward without social media. I knew that if the prophet was asking this AGAIN to individuals in the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, social media is becoming a huge issue.

So, here’s the thing. For many, social media is a blessing. It helps SO many advertise their businesses and it helps families/friends reconnect. I understand the perks of social media. For me, social media is actually a huge motivator, in some instances. However, I’ve weighed out the good and the bad of social media, particularly Instagram. For me, the bad outweighs the good. It is so unfortunate, but it’s the truth, FOR ME. Not saying this for every person, this is just how I have felt.

Can I tell you something though?…. The past month has felt so dang good. Here’s why:

  1. I’ve reached out to more people in ways that don’t include social media.
  2. I’ve spent more time with my little family.
  3. I’ve realized that those picture perfect moments look so much better when a picture isn’t taken, and if it is taken, it’s more special when it’s kept to yourself, in the moment.
  4. I’ve learned life is not about things. It’s about moments.
  5. I’ve spent more time investing in things that will help myself and others.
  6. I’ve come to understand that those social media influencers I follow are people who have the most ordinary lives, like me. It’s okay to be ordinary.
  7. Most importantly, I have learned that I don’t need social media to feel important.

After all is said and done, I still love the idea of social media to reconnect, so I’ve made a deal with myself. I will get on and post once during the month and upload all the photos that I would like to share. As for apps like snapchat, I will just be using in moderation with only my closest friends and family. Overall, I’m straying from the idea of binge using social media.

Because life is about bettering yourself, this is a change I’m going to implement. I think everyone should try to evaluate their self in regards to social media. If it works for you, then that’s freaking awesome. If not, it’s okay to be different and break free. I just want people to know that if you feel like me, you’re not alone.

**I also wanted to make it clear that I do not consider this website social media. This, for me, is a safe space to share family updates along with feelings and inspirations. I have decided that this is also not a place that I will use to monetize my life. I’m NOT trying to be labeled as a blogger.. I have been blogging on different blog sites since 7th grade. This is my HOBBY. I love to write words, poetry, you name it. If you do not agree with something I have to say, just move along. Voicing your opinion to me is not going to change who I am or what I have to say. This is my little family and this is me. Don’t try to change it cause we won’t change.

 

Loves to all my positive supporters.

 

Rylee Loock

 

 

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