This past week, it's really been on my heart to not only discuss comparing yourself to others, but to work on it myself. Now that it's summer, officially, the comparison game seems to get a little more intense, with social media constantly being updated with the highlight reels of everyone's perfect summer outfits, bodies, activities, and adventures. I can openly and honestly say that I have dealt with not feeling good enough, cool enough, or pretty enough because of standards that I set for myself based on others. So here I am to address my thoughts on this unfortunately extremely common issue, emotion, and reality.
I have found myself time and time again opening up social media apps on my phone and feeling a sense an unsatisfaction when logging off. Luckily, for me, it has never affected me to the point of serious depression, eating disorders, or anything else like this. But it has for so many other people. I just wanted to go ahead and let you know that if you are feeling this way, or ever have, you're not alone, and you are worth SO much more than crying yourself to sleep over an unrealistic standard set by a false, edited, display of someone else's life.
I want to make it very clear to you that I have not come on here to bash social media. I appreciate and enjoy posting an aesthetically pleasing photo, or sharing a fun moment with family or friends. I also like to browse through to see what everyone else has been up to, or even get ideas/inspiration from others. But there has to be a balance.
This week, I am going to strive to limit my social media activity and be more present in my everyday life and activities. At my church yesterday morning, my pastor made the statement "where comparison begins, contentment ends". He talked about how we don't have to prove our worth through this cycle of comparison, because Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice, simply because in His eyes, we were worth dying for. There's nothing to look into. It's plain and simple. It isn't until we completely understand God's love that we can live fully alive, in freedom from what society often makes us believe.
I am simply a young woman learning and loving life, trying my best in all that I do to keep Jesus at the center of it all. Follow me on my social media accounts linked on the top of the page to stay up to date!