This quote by Anaïs Nin:
“My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.”
Is that true though? Because there’s situations in life that reminds us if we are to get certain things accomplished we have to keep certain aspects of ourselves, hidden. What if the hidden thoughts are of wishing your boss would die because he/she is such a pain and bully and if they were out of the picture life would be much easier? And in this technology age where people are bent to dig out anything on record that does not flatter. And may be you should not have made that post on social media, or recorded that video. Sometimes though it’s not you doing the recording but someone else and due to malice they decide to make it public, which ends up fracturing a relationship or ending a job or job opportunity. Is it really that easy?
I post a lot of sound bites and quotes on my socials, well may be because we live in a society that has the attention span of a housefly. And sometimes those mini packed sound bite quotes are good for much eg self esteem, self confidence, self acceptance etc etc. However we can appreciate it’s a little more complex than that.
I recently saw a tweet which said something to the effect most people now shape their opinions and values from memes and viral tiktok videos. Well those that have access to social media. Because I recently interacted with someone who doesn’t know nothing about George Floyd, which was quite something considering even my grandma knows who George Floyd is and she doesn’t even own a smart phone, nor engage with any social media platform. But yes we can’t downplay how far reaching social media is and it’s impact. More so to those especially born in the period where social media emerged. So what is the future especially for us here in Africa with regards to social media, more so on our mental health, state of consciousness and rebuilding, creating, reconstructing all that has been fragmented over several hundreds of years. More on this to come….
Please use this for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for seeking out professional help. The views expressed here in are from my personal experiences as well as from those I have interacted with. And while one may resonate with what is shared, it’s not a substitute for appreciating your own unique personal experience. Always do your own research and due deligence on any topic to guard against being hoodwinked