If you try to be something you’re not, you’ll end up being nothing.
I’ve recently had a little bit of a talking to myself. It happened after something my amazing boyfriend said to me after I posted something on instagram. It made me stop and question am I really staying true to me and showing who I really am on social media or am I being influenced by others, others with say more followers/more opportunities.
It’s easy to get sucked into what other people are doing around you and forget why you started doing what you’re doing. For me, social media was never about building a huge following/showing my body off but it was about inspiring people to live healthy happy lives, to start Pilates, to try new foods and so far I have built up the following I have (now 12700 followers on instagram-crazy) from just posting what I love doing with perhaps the odd happy selfie.
Social media is crazy and amazing at the same time. It’s what has led me to some fantastic people and incredible opportunities so far this year and of course I want to continue to grow my online profile but I’m not bothered about getting thousands more followers if it means me not staying true to myself and my message. I’m all for posting the odd ab selfie or classy professional body/bikini pic but I would hate for people to think this was just what I am about or that I was self obsessed. One of my best friends said to me recently you’re instagram makes me so happy. It’s full of my pilates/yoga poses, what I am up to, behind the scenes pics, healthy recipes and quotes but I was recently advised to show more of “me/my body” to build up a bigger following and I felt uncomfortable with that to be honest. That’s just not who I am and I am so grateful to the people I love for reminding me of this.
You build a personality through pictures and captions and then your followers put this all together to create an image of who you are but how can you really know someone from their instagram. I’m not going to lie, I have myself judged people before meeting them and they were not what I would have expected them to be like in real life and this can go both ways.
I’ve always thought that you shouldn’t care what people think of you but when there’s thousands of people following you who have never met you, it’s hard not to consider the persona you are giving off. So should you care what people think and do I? Well yes, I’d quite like people to think I’m inspiring, positive and happy. So I am going to keep doing what I’ve been doing since starting my blog, my channel, my instagram and if it means I never get any more followers then that’s fine by me.
This quote really struck a cord with me and I thought it might be a good question to ask yourself too.
“Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?”
Thank you for reading my thoughts on a page.
Love, Lottie x