I love Instagram and Pinterest.
It’s a great place to draw inspiration and see what others are up to.
It’s also a place where if I’m not careful all those nagging voices in my head start saying;
Your not good enough
Look what there doing
You need to try harder, be better, do more
In the past, I have listened to them and agreed.
I should be doing what they are, I need to be creating amazing images to post on Instagram and I should really try to craft more with the kids so I can make amazing collages for their bedroom.
These are the voices that spurred the Slowly Lived idea on.
Why should I compare myself to others when we only see a few select images they have no doubt taken the time to style and quite possibly completed courses to get to that level?
Why should I feel bad for not making handmade gifts for Teachers presents?
Who said that I have to be like them?
As much as I love social media, if it is used as a benchmark for what I should be able to achieve, I find it toxic.
I wish I could create beautiful images to share on Instagram and maybe one day I will take a course and devote time to experimenting and exploring the finer arts of photography. I hope I do but until then I will sit back, admire, like and comment on these images knowing and appreciating the skill involved to produce it.
What do you think? Do you feel the same as I did?