I'm at a very transitional, pivotal, terrifying yet amazing time in my life right now. I've allowed myself time to step back, to be alone, to be confused, to be excited, to be vulnerable, to be a blank canvas. I'm sure many people can relate when I say I've always put a lot of pressure on myself and my career and trying to be perfect at whatever I'm doing. The way our society exists and the way social media has conditioned us drives this even further. We don't like to make mistakes. We expect ourselves to live up to a lot of fabricated expectations that platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc help us to create with our minds. We usually only see the good things, the accomplishments, the happy moments, because that's what we choose to share. It's easy to buy into and to believe that's the entirety of someone's life. But friends, it's not. And it's okay to be confused. It's okay to be imperfect and let it be known, because in reality and in a world outside of the beautiful, selfie-filled world of social media, we are all only human. We're all a little imperfect, a little confused, a little messy, but that's what makes the world beautiful.
So I'm going to do a couple things. I'm going to stop having these ideas and expectations. I'm going to unplug from social media a little bit and vow not to compare my journey to what others are doing. I'm going to allow myself time to make mistakes, to be messy, to learn and grow and not be worried about living up to anyone's expectations. I'm going to take some time in the real world to figure out how I can use my talents to create a lifestyle for myself that I can be proud of (disregarding input from the peanut gallery) and also something that I can also use to give back to the world in some way. I'm going to stop defining myself in the shallow ways that we so often do: by our job title, by our number of followers on Instagram, by the number of hours we work, by what other people approve or disapprove of.
I know these aren't revolutionary thoughts of any kind and that I'm definitely not the first person to talk about this, but I think a lot of people may be able agree and connect with these ideas. And that's all I want. To connect, to create, to inspire and be inspired, and to know that we're all just trying to figure it out together. Here we go.