No Selfie Summer Challenge
The selfie has overtaken our culture over the past year. We see selfies on Facebook posts, Instagram accounts, and even in lyrics to the hottest songs on the radio. As a society, we have become more self-centered and more unhappy with how we look because we are constantly surrounded by pictures of photoshopped models and filtered photos. Rather than admiring the person we see in the mirror or in the camera that is staring back at us, we begin to look for ways that we can change and make ourselves look better.
With advancements in technology, altering our appearance has become as simple as clicking a button. Take Instagram for example – all it takes it one filter to make your eyes that bright blue or lush green color that you’ve always wanted! Although these selfies and pictures may make us feel good at the moment, the reality is that our true self isn’t shining through.
This is why I’m starting the No Selfie Summer Challenge.
Why Take the No Selfie Summer Challenge?
I admit that I’ve fallen victim to the selfie madness that has hit our society as well, which is why I’ve created this challenge for myself, as well as anyone else who wants to join in. The challenge is simple: you cannot take a selfie for the entire summer! Too hard? Try starting small and going for only a week or a month.
The goal of the No Selfie Summer Challenge is to stop focusing so much on ourselves and start focusing on the beauty around us. I can imagine that the first few weeks may be very difficult for some, especially when you see someone post a cute selfie on Facebook that you feel you need to compete with. Our inner drive to always be comparing ourselves to others is going to completely diminish, but I do hope that this challenge helps us to realize that there is so much more to this world than our face.
Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be in any pictures at all, but if you do, make sure you have something or something of value with you. For example, if you are going to the mall with your friend and are dying to take a picture, then take one together! I’m reminded of a recent outing at the mall in which a mother brought her children to the indoor playground so they could run around a bit. Rather than interacting with them and taking pictures of their activities, she turned the camera to herself and clicked literally 20 selfies in the span on 30 seconds. Have we really become that vain?
Go From Taking Pictures of This...
...To Taking Pictures Like This!
Looking at Yourself Constantly Won't Build Your Self-Worth
Remember, change starts small. Taking selfies might not seem like that big of a deal to you, but be honest with yourself, do you feel happier when you take more selfies or more insecure? Do you feel like you always have to look your absolute best and get hundreds of likes on Facebook to feel worthwhile? Let me tell you something – you are worth more than you know! Forget what society says, it is okay to have those days where you don’t want to put makeup on, do your hair, or change out of your sweatpants. Direct your desires elsewhere rather than feeding back into your own ego. Turn that selfishness into selflessness by reaching out to others and giving them a compliment. Little by little, No Selfie Summer will have you feeling better about yourself because you no longer feel like you have to get approval from social media to make you feel beautiful or handsome.
Channel Your Energy Elsewhere
Since you won’t be taking any selfies this summer, how about you turn that camera elsewhere and take pictures of some other things? Here are some ideas:
- Significant Other
There are so many things that you can photograph if you simply look around. Now, don’t go overboard and post 100 pictures of the dinner that you ate on Friday because you just had to post something on social media. The key here is to do everything in moderation!
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Exchange Selfies for Positive Quotes
If you don’t have any pictures to post, take some time away from posting on social media, or start posting some encouraging statuses! There are plenty of quotes that you can start posting on your wall that you can use to inspire you while also inspiring your friends and followers. You may even want to find some articles that you find interesting and share those on your sites.
Social media doesn’t have to be the enemy of us. Let’s get back to the basics and use these sites as a way to build each other up rather than break each other down!
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