May 11, 2021

Behind the Highlight Reel: Why we Need to Stop Comparing Ourselves on Social Media.


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These are all these moments behind a post on social media.

Just life in the moment.

We are all so much more than any of us see.

I’m not just a girl in her underwear or a yogi or a body—and neither are you just any of the labels social media or society has given you. You may think everyone has it better than you, but you only see the image they portray. This image is a small portion of who we are.

Behind an image, we all have fears, weaknesses, challenges, joys, blessings, and so much more. After all, we are human. Stop comparing yourself to others, because we will almost always come up short.

On social media, we see each other’s lives—idolising a moment from it and wishing we had something similar, not realising we are devaluing ourselves by not recognising that we to have those beautiful moments, too. We also forget that spending time scrolling on social media wishing, dreaming, or wanting is not of any benefit to us—it is just a way to put the “pro” in procrastination.

We, as humans in this instant gratification culture, are so busy being brainwashed and forgetting what we have by constantly comparing our behind-the-scenes to everyone else’s highlights. And, as a result, we’re losing sight of what we do have: all the things we can be grateful for, all the ways in which we are enough as is—even with our lazy days, low bank accounts, messiness, and hardships. 

You are enough. More than enough. 

Remember that whoever or whatever you’re comparing your life to, every single one of us has our “stuff”—just because we’re not posting it doesn’t mean we don’t have it. 

The ultimate reality we need to get back in touch with, which is the ultimate truth in life we forget, is: we do not even have highlight reels and behind the scenes. We just have lives, and we aren’t seeing the big pictures of that, and our so-called behind-the-scenes are the greatest most beautiful, raw, and honest moments than anything on the highlight reels that make our lives the beauty that they are.

Life isn’t just a highlight reel—no matter who shares it. Life is the sum total of everything.

So, look beyond that. Remember that everyone is human and stop comparing yourself to that limited view of someone.

In the long run, you’ll be happy you did.

Embrace the glorious mess that you are.

A mantra:

I let go of the resent and failures of my past and make space for all new opportunities and blessings that I deserve for the future.

Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters the most.


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