Me being the crazy person I am, I know the trends of today like the back of my hand. The trending hashtags. The trendy words or phrases to say. The trendy ways to act. The trendy people. We are all surrounded by them 24/7 on social media. My question is always, am I being myself or am I acting the way people want me to be?
The truth is, I tend to act a certain way when I feel far from who I am. In life today, we are connected to so many different people. Whether we follow famous celebrities, YouTubers, or friends, we are impacted by each and every one of them. Growing up I never thought that I would turn into or act as someone I am not. I have always been pretty set in my ways and in who I am, so I figured no one can change that. But lately I have noticed that I get influenced by people every single day.
Being influenced by people can be such an amazing thing, like if you get inspired by someone. But if you end up wanting to act like them or turn into them, then that is where influence turns bad.
Many influencers of my generation today are not true influencers. For example, the Kardashians/Jenners. The amount of children that look up to people like them is sad.
I have always looked up to singers like Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin. Wanting to dress the same or act the same. But when I really think about it, do I really want to act the same as someone who died so young from drugs? Not really. Do I love them? Yes. But I do not have to be the same as them.
You do not have to change yourself because you feel that someone you adore is who you want to be. You are you. There is no possible way to change that. So next time you see an Instagram Kendal Jenner posted of her modeling and think to yourself, “I am gonna lose weight so I can look like her.” STOP. Look at yourself in the mirror. And pose how you would pose. You are the only person that is you in the world. And I am sure there are people who would wish to be you because you are just as unique as each face on this earth.