I was chatting with an old friend last night through Facebook and I discovered she was facing some dramatic situations in her life. She mentioned that people always thought she had the perfect life and had no idea what she was going through. That made me think about the personas we chose to publish on social media and inspired the question: Who are you, honestly?
We all want to put our best foot forward. We don’t want to let reality disrupt the brand we are creating online. And yet, we all have challenges. Those challenges usually make us better people. If nothing else, the challenges are what makes us.
There is a difference between posting positive thoughts and just covering a situation. I love posting positive videos, positive messages and hoping that the things I share go viral. They are not my creations, usually they are videos or reports of other people doing remarkable things. What I want to create is a world where we tell the media that what we want is more positive and less negative things. This is my way of contributing to this ideal.
I don’t usually say anything about my personal life online. That begs the question what am I covering up? I’m not covering anything. If you read my blog, you know I struggle with my weight and my health, I have five novels in several stages of writing but have not finished any of them, I like my job and I want more out of my life. More importantly, I want to help women between the ages of 40 and 60 to put themselves first and accomplish all their dreams.
I have a blog and I am brutally honest about my life here. So to me, my social media accounts are to share other people’s triumphs, and sometimes my blog posts. What do we know about you? You have beautiful pictures with great smiling faces, always having a good time. What do we really know about you?
I wish we could be honest. The main reason is obvious. I love to help people. I can’t help you if I don’t know you need help. I can’t be a support if I don’t know what is going on. Now don’t take me wrong. I don’t want to see a bunch of whiners on my feed now. What I am saying is that I want to see the real you, the person that had a great day yesterday and today lost an opportunity, the person that won a tennis match two days ago and today got a flat tire. I want reality.
What do you think? Do you want more honesty in social media? Do you want to feel the freedom of being you? Leave your comment below.