You Never Know?
We so want to be accepted; we so want to be loved. In this social media age platforms demand more and more of our attention. Our likes, our clicks. Drawing us away from what is real, what is tangible. Listen I’m no different than anyone else I enjoy seeing the responses to my posts. The emojis people leave, the comments they often make give me a feeling of validation, that I am doing something right.
So this story isn’t so much a dis of social media as it as a message about how we should treat others on social platforms. A good number of the people I follow are either artist and/or small business owners. If I enjoy someone’s work, I try to support them. Now I know I’m busted ass broke and I can barely influence myself. But still I’ve walked in many of their shoes, so I know how hard it is to maintain a vision and create a dream.
So I give what I can. I lend support, encouragement, and even some cheap advice. Throughout my life I was torn down way more often than I was built up. So it’s easy for me to understand a fragile mindset. So I do my best to build up and not tear down. Now my kids may totally disagree with that statement, but I try. I suppose that’s why I’m best taken in very small doses.
My point is two-fold, first don’t ignore the real world around you. Second, don’t be such a dick on social media, even if you can. I get a lot of friend and follow request every day. But I don’t subscribe to each and every one of them. I only choose those that offer me value or are sincere in their ventures. Listen I know I am never going to change the world. But if enough of us snag a few friends and acquaintances. You never know?
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