Does Social Media Fog your Vision?

Updated: Jan 13

In today's trends of young society, we are lead into a culture where we constantly seek acceptance. It is as if we are blindsided and led on a path in which we subconsciously seek materialistic pleasure and fame/fortune as though it brings happiness. Thus losing progress of personal growth and failing to live a path that leads to true inner peace and fulfillment. It is so often that we scroll through platforms like Instagram and Facebook, which creates generic standards through the posts that are most trending.

I don't mean to say that social media is bad (it has many attributes) but I feel that it has begun to make more of an impact on our lives then it should. So often, (myself included most certainly) we ponder about what to post, overthinking what people may think and say. Social media should be a place to share whatever you want, but has become a place to display how cool your life and social group is.

It also tends to shape the way we think. We become so fixated on what we see in our "feed", it leads us astray from other ways of thinking in more individual terms. Our social media has become so large, it is just about impractical to avoid. But that's ok, it can be a great thing in balance. I am not trying to urge the dismissal of social media, rather awareness about the extent it can affect.

The other week, I got the pleasure of meeting Anne Lorimor, who is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro (for the second time at age 89). She has a very impressive story and accomplishments, but her most important message is a short bit of advice she gave me at the end. It was along the lines of “The best way to live a long, healthy life is to live for something greater than yourself.” This made me think about what I was living for now and the sorts of goals I am working towards.

We so often get fixated on unimportant or "in the moment" things, we lose sight of the bigger picture. Now how does this relate to social media? We are glued to our phone screens, scrolling away. Instead of reading a book, spending time outside, or seeing friends, we are engulfed in what the algorithm has chalked up for us. It eats up our attention to buy a new product, strive to be like someone we admire, or to get attention. Whatever it is, it's likely not the most beneficial way of spending time. The point being, we may not be using our law of attraction (principal that our thoughts are followed by experiences) to accomplish the right things. Again, everything is ok in moderation, but moderation is important.

I recently read Candace Owen's recent book, Blackout. She is a spectacular individual and speaker who hosts her new show "Candace" on the alternative platform, Daily Wire. In the first chapter, Candace speaks of her childhood, mentioning a few life-changing moments that have shaped her into who she is today. She has the utmost respect for her grandparents, so when her grandmother passed, she started rethinking her ambitions based on the last conversation with her grandmother. Being one of the two individuals Candace looked up to most, her grandmother was skeptical of her ambitions when she spoke in excitement of the amount of money she was making and designer bags she was able to afford. It lead her to go from a path of a routine job to afford such things to a career focused on something more important than just a paycheck. Candace Owen’s story relates closely to Anne Lorimor’s advice. The act of living for something of greater purpose. That purpose has to be real, one that you truly believe in. The idea of creating wealth can be appealing and initially fulfilling to some, but would that not get old? After all, how do we acquire true joy? For what reason do we seek fortune? To accumulate things we deem nice? Our perception of what we want changes in relevancy to that of which we cannot obtain. Therefore, we are always left seeking more. And with the advancement of technology, “more” has turned from sheer luxury into cheap present-day pleasantries. But they are not fulfilling – instead, they leave us wanting even more. Lucifers famous trick of desire.

Aren’t we all trying to find our calling? I still don't even know what mine is. However, I wonder how my path will unravel if I'm not genuine in how I approach every day. Therefore, I simply wanted to share how important it is to act upon your own thoughts and create your inherently unique path. One day you will look back on your life and the thoughts you have prospered on. When that day comes, I know you will find much more satisfaction in being at peace with how you have lived and what you have accomplished. Rather than ending with regrets and wishes of going back in thoughts of reconsideration.