Sometimes we connect online to disconnect from the real world; to escape the pressures and prejudice of reality. Facebook is for connecting with family members and colleagues, Instagram is for carving out a space for yourself on the internet, Twitter is used to align yourself with a set of values, political or otherwise, and Pinterest is the place where you can collate your ideal life.
Searching through feeds, we get excited, inspired and motivated. We take a break from reality and immerse ourselves in the flawless lives of 'average people.' These average people living extraordinary lives, in extraordinary houses, wearing extraordinary clothes, on extraordinary holidays, with extraordinary partners and extraordinary bodies. Since when did extraordinary become the new ordinary?
When we're inundated with these 'average' images, it's hard not to compare yourself to the lives and people portrayed in these images. The thing is, we always want what we don't have. You've got straight hair, but want curly hair. You've got small boobs, but wish they were bigger. You're single, but want a relationship. You're studying, but wish you were travelling. You use Tinder, but wish you had the confidence to use Bumble. You've got a nice house, but you want a bigger one. We want everything bigger, smaller, skinnier, richer, smarter, happier....the list is endless.
You could spend your whole life chasing the unattainable, but as you do, those pretty pink and yellow hues of Pinterest will slowly turn into greys and blacks as we poison ourselves with the toxic notion of perfection and who we think we need to be.
Or...you could spend your life chasing goals that you set yourself, rather than those set by The Internet. Exploring, discovering and creating who you are, what makes you happy and what makes you unique. There's only 1 of you in this world... there's over 7 billion of US! That's pretty damn extraordinary!
You were given your body, your brains and your boob size for a reason. Whilst some look good in photographs, others shine in running, writing, singing, working, grinding, dabbing... we all have our strengths, sometimes we're just too in the moment to know that anyone else is watching. The funny thing is, people watch, observe, listen, take note and maybe even want what you have. It's this sick cycle that has people wanting what they can't have and the only way to break it is to love and cherish everything you do and can have. Glass half-full that situation!
Pinterest is a fabulous platform for creatives and the curious to explore art and photography, especially those looking to decorate their house with the right pot plant (there are A LOT of plants on Pinterest). Search for some girl boss quotes, look up that destination you've always wanted to travel to, and sure, indulge in a little wedding dress fantasy if that floats your boat. You have the power to create your boards, and ultimately shape and choose the life you want. But it all starts from loving, nourishing and accepting yourself. The wonderfully, flawed human you are.
Adelaide is a twenty something human and yes, that is her real name. She doesn’t go far without her Doc Martens and a skinny cappuccino. She loves travelling and thinks it’s the best way to meet exciting people (men). When she’s not at uni or daydreaming at the beach, you will find her writing on her blog A Worldly Addiction.