If you’re anything like me, please say you are, then you also struggle with your own insecurities. And living in the world we live in, I have found myself bombarded by images and snippets of lives that leave me feeling….. lacking.
Not good enough. Not smart enough. Not pretty enough. Not young enough. Not relevant enough. Not cool enough.
I recently saw this video and it really got me thinking, have a watch:
We can’t just lay the blame squarely at the feet of the fashion and beauty industry. We are all just as much responsible and guilty of this phenomenon of inadvertently making, especially woman feel like they don’t measure up.
Everything about our lives is filtered.
And that’s the nature of of the world we live in. Nobody wants to look at ugly images. Everybody wants to put their best foot forward. To show the best version of themselves and their lives, even when it’s not completely honest and real.
Think about it.
I know I did. Everything I share online is carefully thought out, carefully edited and presented to be the best version of me. But what if the best version of me is not who I really am?
I find myself looking and comparing myself to others all the time. Looking at what gets presented of others lives and often feeling disappointed in myself. How sad?
Because nothing is really what it seems.
And no one is really as they seem. Especially in this online world of ours. It’s so easy to buy into the filtered and edited images and versions of ourselves and others and believe it to be real when in fact it’s a filtered up version of the truth.
So, I thought I’d remove my filter and show you me.
So often people comment on my photo’s that I look young for 44, that my make up always flawless, that I have incredible skin etc. And while those comments are lovely and I do so enjoy them, the fact remains, they don’t really mean anything when they’re about the filtered version of me and not the real me.
I can’t guarantee that I”m going to fill my blog and social media feeds with unfiltered real images of me, because really, nobody and mostly me, don’t want to look at that. But I did want to create that video as a reminder to me and to you, that what you see online is almost never the purest version of the person behind the filter.
And I’m going to try to remember that the next time I feel insecure or lacking when being bombarded by the millions of images I see daily.
That was kinda scary to share. I’m wondering if any of you would show me the real, unfiltered version of you? If you’re keen, tag me on IG: BlessedBarrenness and use the hash tag #nofilter #unfiltered
I’ll go first: