The world is a very different place than it was 10 years ago. This isn’t groundbreaking information, it’s very different in good ways and bad. In 2009 I was twelve years old, in grade eight, a year shy from entering the scary world of high school. For a teenage girl, going into high school can be daunting but I am so glad that I am done with it because being in high school in today’s climate would be insane.
I can’t scroll through my Instagram nowadays without feeling like I need to alter something about myself. Whether it be my face, my body, my hair, my clothes or even my personality. And to think it’s hard for me, a 21 year old with a good sense of who I am and a respectable amount of confidence and self esteem, I can only imagine what it would be like for a young teenager still discovering who they are.
With social media being such a big part of our lives it’s hard to avoid the content constantly coming out that portrays a perfect lifestyle. The girls with makeup pages always looking flawless with a ton of makeup products that aren’t always affordable. The fitness pages run by people who can afford to work out everyday and eat super clean. And the tons of traveling accounts that show people jet setting around the world and visiting some amazing places. In reality a lot of these things/activities are not realistic for the average person.
All of us have dreams and aspirations. I know that I want to travel and visit different places, experience different cultures and hopefully be a homeowner one day, but I could not imagine being a young girl still figuring out who I am and what I want then having so many unrealistic lifestyles to look up to. The thing with these pages is they motivate people to do the same thing. While they offer good tips and tricks for people who are into makeup or working out, it’s really hard to maintain a lifestyle like that. When average high school kids are exposed to these kinds of luxurious lifestyles, they grow up with very high expectations, often disappointed with their mundane lives.
Now don’t get me wrong, I would love to have perfect skin and have time each day to hit the gym and when I do have the time I like to try new makeup tricks or work out because these are things I enjoy, but to revolve your whole life around these things as many social media figures do isn’t practical. I am very glad I am done with high school, that I’ve found my passion and don’t have to go through adolescence with the daunting task of having a perfect life.