About two weeks ago, I was sitting on my bed, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. I was liking picture after picture and commenting on some. I realized in that moment that I was getting tired of doing this exact thing and that it was time for a break. That is when I decided to take a break from Instagram. Usually I would just head to my Instagram settings and temporarily disable my account, but this time I took it a step further. I deleted all the pictures on my Instagram profile. I deleted over 100 images of memories with friends, pictures with my prettiest outfits, and pictures of cool places I had been to. One by one, I sat there deleting all of my pictures without a second thought.
It’s been two weeks, and I still don’t regret doing this. I just wasn’t happy with the direction my photos were going or looking on my Instagram profile. I have always been interested in photography and I loved taking creative pictures, but I kind of felt like I was living a lie. I wasn’t posting the kind of content I really wanted to post. For that reason, I decided to start over. I am taking some months to really think about the direction I want my Instagram to go and the kind of followers I wanted to attract. I also want to experiment in taking various pictures that are a bit more edgy and daring. I never think anyone should play it safe with their craft and I realized that’s exactly what I was doing.
2022 will be the year that I become truly daring and push the envelope. I want people to look at my photography and stop and think about the photo. I want them to still be thinking about my photography weeks later. I want to create art that is true to who I really am despite what others might think. I don’t want to play it safe anymore.
MY SECOND REASON FOR TAKING A BREAK FROM INSTAGRAM
I have always been the type of person who listens to my body and how I am feeling. I was becoming overwhelmed and I seriously needed a break from it all. I was tired of trying to keep up with a schedule for when I should post content and what type of reels I should be posting. I remember when social media used to be fun and now there are so many rules you have to follow. I wanted to go back to making the whole experience of social media fun again. For me, that means getting off of it for a little bit and really thinking about how I can truly make this a great experience for myself and for others.
I no longer want to care about how many likes and followers I am getting. I don’t want to care about reviewing my stats every week to see how I can improve. I just want to have FUN with my content and leave the results to God. I don’t want to stress about it anymore and get frustrated with myself for not growing fast enough. It is what it is. At least I can say I am being my true authentic self and I am posting what I consider to by my best work. I want to finally take control of how I use my social media and inspire people to do the same along the way.
WHAT’S IN STORE?
I stopped seriously doing photography about two years ago, but I miss it terribly. It is one of my passions and I want to see how skilled I can get at it. I never really gave myself a chance to become a truly impressive photographer, but I am giving myself the time for that now. This break will help me to come into my own as a photographer and to really learn what I like and how I can translate it through photos. I am excited to share my work with you in a few months and I can only hope it is received well.