Social media is great. It allows us to connect with family, friends and other people around the world and in different time zones. It is a wonderful way to get a glimpse into someone’s life. I know it is exciting to get access to people I admire. The problem can be that people invest too much energy and time into creating a narrative of a person’s life based on their social media accounts. When someone has a social media rant and shares their true feelings, we should make a note of it. The problem in my opinion is when someone tries to create a biography out of a couple of messages or pictures Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
There are 24 hours in a day. It is difficult to capture every moment of every day on social media. Who posts pictures of themselves first thing in the morning or right before bed? What about during a moment of frustration, sadness or confusion? Those moments are rarely captured for the world to see and that is fine. My point is that you do not know a person until you see them in the mountaintop and valley moments and the moments in between those moments. It takes a lot of courage to post your thoughts and pictures online. It is not an easy thing to do.
This brings me to my next point. Although you are free to give your opinion, you need to remember it is just that, your opinion. How would you feel if someone who does not work in your profession tried to give you their “expert” opinion on your occupation? You would look at them as if they were crazy or cut the conversation short, right? Also, the beautiful pictures you see online are a result of hard work and sacrifice. You may be seeing the result of which is captured as a marriage proposal, a wedding, a new baby, a promotion, a new job or house, one million followers and so on but what about the tears, sacrifice, sleepless nights and doubt that came along before that final beautiful picture.
There are enough resources in this world for us to get our own happy ending. We do not have to hate on someone else’s happy ending or try to wreck what someone has for our own benefit. Why would I want someone else’s (you fill in the blank) when I can get my own that is custom made for me. It will fit me. I don’t want someone else’s hand me down but my custom made new thing. Life is too short to hate on someone else and their life. You are too great and unique to hate on someone else.