I am so much more content when I get rid of the excess. Since the majority of the world (myself included) are obsessed with social media, I feel like that’s probably one of the first areas in which we feel overwhelmed.
SO MUCH is being thrown at us daily, and it’s a breeding ground for discontentment, jealousy, and defeat. Last year I feel like I went through a period where I felt so inadequate. Everywhere I looked there were beautiful houses with crisp white kitchens and fresh flowers, mom’s who were able to go to the gym every morning with make-up on, lunch dates at fancy restaurants, Louis Vuitton purses everywhere, kids dressed in beautiful outfits that were $$$.. and then there was me. TOTALLY not even close to any of that. I had this false sense of reality and this false sense of what was normal. To me, I didn’t have those things.. so I was a failure. It’s sort of silly to look back on now, but at the time it felt so real. I ended up unfollowing almost everyone on Instagram, did the same with Facebook, stopped reading some of the blogs I was following, and deleted snapchat. I needed a break.
I want to simplify this year. I want to weed out the excess (and unnecessary) and fill those spaces with the important stuff. Now I try to follow people who make me feel better about who I am, who are encouraging and REAL, and not someone selling me a false sense of being happy or successful.
It also annoys me so much when you can’t even “like” a post because then you’re earning that person money or you are getting junk e-mails. That is so false, guys. That’s a fake life.
Each month I go through my social media feeds and weed out the excess. Simplifying my social media is my first step in simplifying my life. Going even further, limiting my time using social media to spend time doing more important things is even more rewarding. I’m thankful that’s the path I’m on!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed while browsing social media or catch yourself feeling like “man, that must be nice”, then maybe it’s time to weed out those people who aren’t helping you feel content with being you. Don’t give in to those selling you a fake life and a fake sense of happiness. Chances are, they aren’t happy anyways.