I have people ask me why I don’t update my profile pictures or post pictures of myself on social media. Sometimes it feels like being invited to a party and being reminded that I never show up. This says a lot about the world we live in today: people today are “oversharers,” misleaders, and misdirected.
So, why not have the glowing, power picture that’s head-on so you can look me straight in the eye. Why stay “hidden.”
…Am I disfigured? Nope. Am I ugly? Maybe to some but to level it out, I’m pretty to some so I’ll say that I’m average. Am I ashamed? There’s a difference between being ashamed and being humble. Aren’t I worried that people won’t recognize me as a “real” person without a picture? No, there are tons of “fake” people online who have pictures up on social media and anyone who knows how to right-click can be someone else on the internet…in fact, they could even be you. Having the gall to post a picture up doesn’t make you a real person. Values, a relationship with God, and being in communion with others will make you a real, worthy person–nothing else. The people who matter the most know my face–and see my face–and that’s all that matters.
I guess the answer to this question is actually a lot simpler then anyone thinks, but sadly, it’s only noticeable now because we currently live in a world where selfies are prevalent. Finally, my answer: online vanity means little to me because everything of this world is a distraction.
Don’t misunderstand me. I use social media, too, and I have a profile picture up on Facebook. But you should know, social media isn’t everything to me. I use Instagram the most but I’m not patting myself on the back with my posts on it. I don’t use Instagram to show people, “hey look! I’m published!” I use Instagram as a tool to try to show people in Killeen that good things are happening in their community all the time, they just need to look outside their windows. I want people who see my Instagram feed to know that there are people working to bring a little good to our world so do not to be devoid of hope!
If you’re feeling pressured to flaunt on social media, please don’t feel this way because big picture, none of it really matters. Don’t be afraid to be your own person. This life is a dream and it will pass. Plus, some of the best people, the ones making a true and lasting impact on Earth, are rarely sitting around sharing pictures of their face or pictures that show how “great” their lives are. They’re not trying to sell you an idea because they’re too busy. They don’t have the time for nonsense, nor do they have a heart for vanity. People who have life abundance are out living life abundantly.
Live with intention and be blessed.