There have been a lot of changes in my life in the past year, including my relationship with my own social media accounts.
I have come into a time in my life where social media exhausts me. I don’t have a desire to share my life in pictures with people who probably don’t even care. I feel like I have outgrown a phase in my life. This past year has shown me to put my effort into the things that really bring me joy.
I signed off of Tumblr for the first time since I made my account in 2012. I wasn’t very active on it for the past year and I finally came to a point where it wasn’t bringing me any joy anymore. I am grateful for the time I spent on it, finding people I could relate to, and even meeting Taylor. Those are precious things I will hold close to my heart, but the app was no longer serving a purpose in my life.
I’ve been off of Instagram for a while. Every once in a while I’ll go to the account and see what my close friends have posted, but no more than that. I don’t find joy in posting a bunch of photos of myself on there. I like to lead a private life. I don’t care to share the details of where I am and what I’m doing. I don’t find joy looking at photos of people I’m not close friends with either.
I want to make it clear that social media is not the enemy, it’s not an inherently bad thing. I decided to get off of it, not because it was making me sad, but because I was bored of it. It’s not entertaining anymore. I have a lot of more important things in my life I need to focus on. There are other things I value more in my life. This is also not saying that I will never post on my socials again. If I really want to at some point, then I will, but they’re not platforms I desire to be active on frequently. If you still use social media, then that’s perfectly fine. I believe it can be a wonderful thing if used right. I also believe it can be a very detrimental thing to one’s mental health if used improperly. Using these apps and following people/things you genuinely care about and bring you joy is what’s important. This isn’t a hate letter to these apps, its just a farewell from a girl who’s tired.