You know what I dislike about the photo above?
It actually has nothing to do with the way I look. Although I’m sure I could find something to scrutinize, I’m not going there. I’m not going there because it’s a rabbit hole. And I lived for too many years going down the rabbit hole of hating the way I look.
I wrote a post “Photos aren’t meant to make you feel bad about yourself” here.
The thing is, what I dislike about this photo is actually something you can’t see.
The truth is, I dislike the way I was feeling when I took the photo.
I went with my husband to a local spot to get some shots for my Instagram feed. I use my Instagram Business page a lot to share my work.
When we’re building a brand we’re told that people are very visual so having nice photos is just a part of capturing people’s attention.
No one wants to look at a blurry, unfocused photo of something that’s irrelevant to your brand.
I get it.
It’s kind of the branding for business rule of thumb.
But do I always like this?
No. Not really.
Which is why it felt so liberating to post this in-the-moment Instagram photo on my feed a few weeks ago.
Look, I’ve always been really bad at following the rules.
I just like to do stuff my way.
I’ve always been a leader, and the truth is when I take “Instagram worthy blogger photos” I feel like I’m conforming.
However, I’m torn because I feel like if I don’t take these types of photos, I’m going to fall behind.
So there you have it.
This is what I don’t like about this photo.
I don’t like the way I was feeling when I took it. I felt like I took it because I had to.
This is why I’ve been posting a lot less on my Instagram feed and more on my Instagram stories lately. I love stories because I don’t ever feel like I do when I was taking this photo.
I just AM.
What this experience taught me
This experience has taught me that I want to show you ME on Instagram without feeling like I need to be like everyone else.
Writing the truth about the way I felt.
I felt conflicted about being original, but I just needed to remember there’s only one me. My photos may look similar to someone else’s, but my voice, and my authentic truth, that’s the original piece of me that no one has, and that is my power.
So if you’ve been feeling unoriginal on Instagram, or in any other areas of life or business, I hope you remember that “NO ONE IS YOU AND THAT IS YOUR POWER.”