Sunday, 5 July 2015

THE SUNDAY EDIT #6

You know when you have those days where you just want to sit down and write? It feels like those days have been rather fleeting recently, so I know I have to make the most of these opportunities when ever they arise. Blogging is becoming like an old friend to me - I mean, it's always been there but we only dabble and keep tabs on each other every so often. I really want to change that. 

So today I thought that I'd just check in with you. How are you guys? What's been going on in your lives? I haven't done a Sunday Edit in months (since November if I'm not mistaken, eek), even though lots has been going on. I can't win: I either have lots of time and nothing to write about, or no time at all and too much to write about! Busy lives, eh?

I guess with the emergence of Em's viral video, #youlookdisgusting, which bravely focusses on the concept of beauty within social media (if you haven't seen it please do, it's very real) this week social media is being placed in the spotlight more so than usual and it's been playing on my mind a lot. It's pretty upsetting how cruel people can be when they're hiding behind a screen, and unfortunately, the real comments in Em's video are not uncommon and will probably not be the last. They portray beauty as a linear thing - like there is only one set way to look in order to be attractive - and even then, it's still not right. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't. You wear no makeup and you're ugly and/or sick; you wear makeup and you're fake and falsely advertising. These kind of comments are so unhealthy for society, and people who choose to write horrible things are the ones who are ugly and fake. If you think you look and feel fabulous then who the hell are they to judge you? Post that selfie, say you look hot, tell everyone how amazing you feel - do not let anyone get you down. You don't look disgusting, you look beautiful!

I love social media as much as the next person - really, I'm obsessed with checking and posting at least once every day - but I think people forget that it's just a snippet of your life. When people comment on a popular Instagram account like "oh my god, you have the perfect life", I just think "sure, they post pretty photographs and have a gorgeous themed feed, but that's not all of their life". Everyone has days where they feel gross, days where they sit in their pjs all day eating a whole tube of Pringles, days they would rather not post about at all. I have my fair share of boring days and when that happens Pinterest or a good old quote goes down well instead. Your social media accounts are little windows into your life and I'm sure we all agree that we only want to show off the parts we're proud of. Remember that everyone has bad days and no one is perfect.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have Pringles, pjs and Netflix waiting for me...
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  1. Totally agree with you here.. It's hard not to feel down about things when you see other people's Instagram feeds, but it's not a true reflection most of the time. I hope you enjoy your netflix and pringles : ) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  2. I couldn't have put it better myself. I think a lot of lifestyle bloggers can really struggle to not feel down at times but we need to remember that what we see is what they put out and it is not every part of their life, for example we only see 15-20 minutes of a youtubers day when they are daily vlogging - not the whole 24hrs. Sometimes it's good to just sit back and ignore it at times with Netflix and your favourite snacks :) xx

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    1. Exactly, it's good to have some sense of perspective when looking at social media! Xx

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  3. New reader here, and I'm already super impressed! (Great meeting you at the #lbloggers chat today by the way.) You should definitely consider adding Pin-it buttons to your images, I would lovee to be able to share your photography on Pinterest! x

    Emily | Lynde Avenue | Pinterest

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    1. Thank you so much Emily, very lovely of you to say! Xx

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  4. Em's video is incredible, I cannot believe how cruel people can be. Aside from that, you're right. Sometimes you really do need to take a little step back and remember that Instagram is literally people's filtered lives. Really enjoyed this post x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

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  5. I love social media but I agree when you put yourself out in the public sphere on blogger, instagram, you tube etc it's as if its an invite for people to judge you and pass horrible comments. Em's video is so incredible and I actually heard her on Radio One this morning. Hopefully these kind of videos will carry on emerging until cyber bullying is put to an end, or at least seriously diminished.

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    1. Cyber bullying is definitely one of the biggest problems in a modern technological age. It's so sad that people can be so cruel when they don't even know the person. Hopefully Em's video will be some kind of catalyst - god know it needs to be taken seriously. Thanks for reading Abigail! Xx

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