There is a new social media challenge going around. It’s a challenge where people post a photo from years past alongside a recent photo. What I’ve found the most entertaining about this challenge is the use of filters on all the new pics. I myself did the challenge and (although it was an ugly filter) I also had a filter on my recent photo. I think it’s so interesting because it truly mirrors our lives and how we conduct ourselves on social media now.
The filter I’ve used in the picture with this post is a very popular one. It’s from Snapchat and it takes away wrinkles, thins our faces, brightens our smiles, and adds a rose-like tint to the picture. Some may call it Sepia, but for the purpose of this post and keeping in line with my title, we shall say rose colored.
My generation and younger are all about a good selfie. We have filters, light rings, face-editing apps, and selfie sticks to help us get the perfect photo. We post and bask in the incredible feeling of likes and compliments we get, until the moment passes and we have to create another like-worthy picture for our friends.
This is because we are the most insecure and self-loathing generation ever in my opinion. If you look closely, you will find people who are overweight and unhappy with themselves, only posting photos from the neck up. You find people whose profiles only have photos of their pets or children because they are unhappy with their appearance. I have scrolled through so many instagrams that were full of only selfies, but not a single one without a filter. This is all a product of being told we have to fit a certain mold or represent ourselves in the best possible light we can.
I am a product of this mindset as well. But, I decided long ago that I would love every picture of myself, with or without a filter. Not only that, but I would never want to meet someone in person and not be recognizable because they only saw the filtered version of myself. I love a good filter as much as anyone else, but I also love all of my wrinkles and the things on my face that remind me of my dad and my grandpa.
I am challenging myself this year to not only use less filters, but to also stop filtering my life. The lives we show the world on social media are just like that rose colored filter, we edit and delete all the problems we wish weren’t there. I have been on a journey for a long time to become as transparent as I can to those around me. I want my friends and family to know and understand my struggles as well as my triumphs.
I think we could all benefit from being a bit more honest with each other and ourselves if we dropped the filters and truly saw life, with good and bad. No matter what color it ends up being, at least it’s real. Right?