We live in a digital world of contrived content and curated storytelling, but we don’t have to participate

I recently ran into a friend from college who said, “How’s life? I mean, from social media it seems like everything is awesome but... well, actually, you seem to be pretty honest when things aren’t great, which leads me to believe that when it seems like they are, they must really be.” That was the best accidental compliment ever, and he’s right. If I’m going to show up in any capacity online, it’s gonna be with the real, transparent, and vulnerable version of me because being genuinely myself is 100% easier than keeping up a persona that isn’t the full picture.

When we show our flaws and insecurities alongside our awesomeness and achievements, it shows those around us what a whole person leading a real life actually looks like. It allows us to feel okay feeling not okay all the time. It gives us permission to be honest about the lows and celebrate the highs without feeling awkward. We live in a digital world of contrived content and curated storytelling, but we don’t have to participate. We can choose to be our authentic, imperfect, unashamed selves, setting an example for those around us one by one. That’s how I choose to show up here in this bizarre land of social media.

Art by Claire Clausing
Words by Maxie McCoy