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Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, January 16, 2020.
Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame. Genesis 2:25
Look At Me
If you remember the early days of social media, you know how much it has changed. In the beginning, social media was simply a way to digitally connect with your friends and family and keep up with the goings-on in their lives. You could tell stories, share a picture or two, but it was all people that you knew and who knew you. Then s strange thing happened. We started “friending” and “following” people that we did not know and who did not know us. This change meant that now we were no longer connected to friends and family but rather we now we had a “following.”
The problem with a following is that you don’t want to disappoint them. You want them to keep looking at you. You don’t know them, so you try to make sure that your feed is as interesting as possible to make sure that they keep following you and others join is as well. So what used to be sharing our real lives with friends and family turned into sharing our curated lives with anyone who is watching. Now our real lives and our curated lives are not the same. Our real lives are boring. Our real lives have ups and downs. Our real lives are not perfect, don’t always go the way we want them to, and prove that we are not perfect. By contrast, our curated lives are the perfect highlight reel proving to people that we are living our best lives. We are always on vacation. We only eat the best food. We are always having a great time.
Friends, if you are going to have people look at you it should be the real you. The real you is not perfect. The real you eats at Taco Bell. The real you has pimples, bad days, and picks bad outfits from time to time. The real you took 50 pictures to get the one that you posted. Yet, the real you is the one that is far more interesting. The real you is that one that you need to be proud of. Don’t be ashamed that you aren’t perfect, be proud that you are you. Be proud of the fact that you are surviving in spite of it all, making it when you don’t feel like it, and moving forward even if its slow. When you can do that you can be proud of the real you, and really say look at me.