"SELF-WORTH. BOTTLED UP IN LIKES AND COMMENTS. BUT IT'S HARD TO FIND YOURSELF WHEN YOU'RE PRESENTING A CERTAIN EDITED VERSION OF YOU TO THE WORLD."
I remember MySpace. At that time in the history of the Internet, I had a band. . .and you had to be on MySpace if you had a band. I also remember when MySpace stopped being cool, and we all moved on to Facebook. I had a lot of content on MySpace. We released music, we scheduled concerts, and connected with many people. Where did all of it go? Where will all of our facebook information go? I'm not sure what will be "next" for social media, but there are large parts of my life, too large; and many memories that I may lose when Facebook goes away.
I'm in a season where I find myself on the Internet too much. I'm thinking through what to do about it, but one of the dangerous things about "living" on the internet is that we start to find our significance there. If we're gifted at writing and taking pictures (the only two activities that have value on Social Media) we can take a lot of pride in ourselves online. We can start to sell ourselves like a product to our fans and consumers. The flip-side is that when we aren't getting attention online, we can feel very invisible. We can doubt our self-worth and begin to feel that we're no longer valued since our social media "friends" don't value us.
This piece from Amber Patrick wrestles with that question. She is a single woman and discusses that reality as well. But, these questions are good for all of us to think about. Where are we finding acceptance and significance? Whose opinion matters the most to us right now? When was the last time I set up a meeting with a flesh-and-blood human being? How will I ever become a better photographer? (I kid)
God is with us, He has not forgotten. And, He knows all of the parts of your life that aren't photographed.
Let's remember that we are Remembered. Let's see that we are Seen. Let's love that we are Loved.
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go
-- Genesis 28:15--