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I Gave Up Instagram To Find Myself

By May 4, 2017Think

Sometimes you need to turn off the notifications.

Is this article’s title dramatic? Yes.

Did it happen? Yes.

Let me start from the beginning… I decided to give up (some) social media for lent. I already knew that I needed to give up Instagram (because I honestly just REALLY love Instagram). I also decided to give up Twitter. (because who doesn’t get sucked into those threaded videos?)

At first, I would click on the app out of pure habit. I would immediately exit out. Twitter wasn’t hard for me to give up, but Instagram definitely was. I missed seeing what my friend’s posted and what the people I once was close with were up to. It’s a good way to keep up with what people are doing if you don’t get to talk to them everyday.

But man, was it nice.

I love following my favorite fitness accounts, but it was incredibly refreshing to not click on Instagram and immediately be bombarded with pictures of lean figures, booty pictures, and chiseled abs.

Don’t get me wrong, many of these people work very hard to get these incredible bodies. But I have hard time remembering that the person in the picture and myself live very different lives. I get caught up in seeing incredibly fit college students and wonder: why I don’t look the same? Really, we just live such different lives and have such different bodies – how can I even compare?

It goes beyond fitness accounts. It includes the best contour, the cutest outfits, being able to travel, etc. People read into the images on other people’s Instagram accounts and become absorbed, imagining lives much more glamorous and attractive than their own. You start to miss out on the opportunities you have and all the wonderful things your life is full of. Make a conscious effort to not read too much into the  images on these accounts. Posed photos and material goods don’t justify your happiness.

But lets say you just really look up to someone on Instagram, and you hope to live a life like theirs. Well, let me be the first to tell you that you won’t obtain their lifestyle by grazing over their Instagram account and wishing for it.

The point of this rant isn’t to diss Instagram or condemn social media. 

This is just a reminder that…

1. Your life rocks. Each and everyday you get to decide how to accomplish your dreams. Either you get up and do something about it or you can sit back hoping it magically falls into your lap.

2. Don’t forget to set the phone down or turn off the notifications and just enjoy the moment you are in.

3. Go outside, forget your phone, forget your camera. Try not taking pictures for a night. 

4. What you see is not always what you get. Photos are usually posed, don’t read too far into them.

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Author Danielle Boss

Danielle is a junior at Alma College and is majoring in Physiology and Health Sciences. She enjoys all forms of fitness from lifting weights to trying out fun, new fitness classes. When she isn't working out or studying, she can be found looking up motivational quotes on pinterest or dancing for her school's dance company!

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