Staying True to Yourself
Let us talk about social media for a moment. We use social media almost every day, after all, we are the millennials, the digital world is ours.
Now there are a lot of good things about using social media. Let’s imagine Instagram for now. You get to share what you like, your interest, your talents, anything really that you want. You get discovered by people you would otherwise never met in your life, people who might have similar interest or who just simply appreciate your life and what you do. You make connections that way and these are the pros.
The cons of social media are that you have no idea whether people there are genuine in whom they portray to be. Some just live a lie on screen and yet behind are a totally different person in what they do and how they live. As a case in point, let us look at a young woman facing court as published in channel nine news.
A young woman in her early 20’s faced court and possibly jail time for being involved in illegal transportation of drugs in the ship she sailed. The young millennial claimed she had no idea how bad her involvement in the drug trafficking was. She confessed that she was only after the lifestyle her sugar daddy was providing which meant more opportunities for her to take great photos posted on her social media for more likes.
In this case, one would agree with Robert Brault that,’ you do not wake up one morning a bad person. It happens by a thousand tiny surrenders of self-respect to self-interest’. When one seeks for acceptance by the society or followers, it becomes a goal that serves one’s self-interest and in most cases obstruct one’s self-respect gradually.
The moral of this paper is that you are who you are. No matter what you try to be, you can never run away from your true self because it is in you. It is better to stay true to yourself and keep away from the desire of being wanted and creating a character in front of a screen which is otherwise false. Listen to the proverb, ‘You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you’. Your true self will always show and your followers will see right through you.
As a millennial, I hope to stay true to myself, to work hard for what I do and share my interest and experience and to hopefully never get carried away in fulfilling self-interest to self-respect.