Instagram - WWIM12
All words and picture © Nina Nixon
Social media can be a tricky beast to manage.
Some call it the 'evil side of modern life' - believe me I have friends that refer to it as this. Fake friendships and people that are lacking in any kind of real life. Sad delusional souls.
Others though can spend their days, filling their lives attached to some kind of device. Head down enchanted with all that it has to offer. Tutting at the non believers.
I disagree with both. It's unhealthy to say that your life is complete when you live your life through others. The comparisons, the guilt, the 'why is their life so much better than mine!'. If you've ever met a person that you hero worship through social media 'a real person' you will find out that's not actually true. Their life is just as bumpy as yours. It's just how you take it on, juggle with it and tackle the problems that pop up...in the real world.
The secret is - don't hero worship.
I probably spend far too much time on social media, but for me it's the connections that are made. And it can be really useful in a world where words do not come easily, friendships do not just materialise and gawd forbid if you actually want me to be outgoing, bubbly and bouncy.
I just take time to trust. Some get it, others don't but that's my crux. Stay with me for the long haul and my loyalty as a friend shows no bounds.
But with social media an introverted soul (like myself) has found the courage to find 'my' voice. To talk to others, meet likeminded folks and form friendships 'real friendships'. Not faceless followers that just want a follow back. People I've welcomed into my world and am honoured to have in my life.
As I said, it can be a tricky beast to manage, but with the right approach and some sensible steps, who knows where this world will lead you.