Last Updated on September 29, 2023 by The Unbounded Thinker
When I log into my Facebook account, I usually see hundreds of selfies. These selfies mostly strive to indicate that the selfie-takers are living a happy and luxurious life.
Three years ago, before I started reading and watching self-help material, this selfie-nonsense caused depression because I thought I was the only one with problems. I believed my ‘friends’ were making progress, and I was the only one left behind. I was broke, and nothing seemed to work out for me. All my relationships sucked, and the only thing that gave me hope was prayer.
Today, these selfies don’t cause depression anymore because I realized that they are pieces of shit. It dawned on me that some of these people who take ‘happy’ photos of them in luxurious places are broke and depressed. I realized that they are self-obsessed attention seekers, who use selfies to get validation and praise.
When I started my blogging career, some of these individuals (selfie-takers who portray a happy life) came to me for advice on how they can deal with depression. Others thought blogging had made me rich and asked me to lend them money. I then realized that a good number of the ‘selfie-takers’ had bigger problems than me and the selfies helped them create an illusion of everlasting happiness and prosperity.
Let me tell you a big secret. Attaining a constant state of happiness is impossible in this physical world. Life is designed to be challenging because challenges/problems stimulate growth. For this reason, don’t think that some people are problem-free just because they continuously post silly photos of them having fun on social media.
By the way, posting a selfie is not a bad thing. I am just uncomfortable with individuals who continuously post selfies to show others that they are always joyous and rich.
I am concerned because this selfie nonsense has led to widespread depression. People compare their lives with others based on selfies, and they believe they are the only individuals with problems.
Little do they know that most of the ‘rich-selfie-takers’ are not wealthy. I have successful friends – such as Dan Western (Founder of Wealthy Gorilla) and Josiah Humphrey (CEO at Appster) – on Facebook, and I have never seen them post silly selfies that show the world how rich they are. These individuals are always working hard, and they don’t have time to show off.
Don’t be fooled by the selfies. Ignore them and don’t let them drain your energy. Just focus on your progress and realize that many individuals who show off on social media are neither happy nor wealthy.
And to all the people who constantly show off on social media, my main advice to you is that you SHOW UP, don’t just SHOW OFF. I EXPECT TO SEE YOU AT THE TOP BECAUSE I WILL PERSIST UNTIL I SUCCEED.
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