I was sitting in front of my laptop yesterday trying to figure out the topic of this week’s blog post. It has been a busy couple of weeks and I haven't had much time to sit down and ponder upon the next article that I wished to write. Even though so much had happened, I simply felt mentally drained but I still felt the pressure to post something today. I felt the need to post weekly on the blog to remain relevant and to keep producing content which in turn started making me feel anxious. So yesterday afternoon I decided to take a step back.
I decided to clear my mind and to stop focussing so intensely on the task that I couldn't achieve and instead I took some time to read, something which I haven't done in a while. My daily routine has ended up becoming so work and social media focussed that it made me push aside this other aspect of my life that I also enjoyed. While Instagram plays a huge part in my field of work, I do believe that this is a feeling that isn't uncommon to most people who have joined any of the social media platforms. We all feel the need to constantly update, engage and there is a certain need for the social acceptance that we get when we receive likes. We often forget that we started doing all of this because we wanted to share our experiences and the cool things we stumble upon in our lives and not because we wanted the validation of others.
Of course, I know that I will not always be feeling this way and that I will end up being sucked back into the gears of social media. However, in this brief moment of clarity, I’d like to encourage everyone to enjoy life more, to go out for the experiences rather than the photo opportunity and to simply be happy. Remember that the number of likes doesn't matter and that at the end of the day, you need to do what feels right to you.