Social media is a tool that has brought the world closer than ever before. Much of what happens around us is either influenced by it or affects it in some way. Whether you’re a politician, businessman, sportsperson, film producer or a common man, social media gives you a platform to say and be heard. Content creators, digital marketers or bloggers like me use it extensively to find potential clients, showcase our work and broaden our reader base.
I’m an introvert and have a long-standing love-hate relationship with it. The little person inside me desperately begs to log off while the outer practical one scrolls down and engages on good content. Also, surrendering to this cute distraction has its virtues and fun moments. For instance, I’ve been able to chart my transformation journey on my feed for ready reference. Luckily for me, it has helped scores of people as well.
We all know that social media is a double-edged sword and have benefited as well as faced heartburn due to its omnipresence in our lives. For the purpose of this post lets limit the discussion to my personal transformation stint, shall we?
THE BEAUTIFUL BOUQUETS I’M GIFTED WITH!
People who know me know that I always keep away from confrontations. I focus on my content, openly express what I like and keep any reservations to myself. My content is personal, real, on point and, thankfully, often well-received. The heartening comments on my posts also suggest that I’m probably doing something right.
- Appreciation – While appreciation has poured in from all quarters, my friends and relatives are the ones truly flabbergasted with the change. They often seek me out for tips too. “Tumne ye kaise kiya” is the first thing I’m asked whenever I talk to someone now. Thanks to social media for enabling me to share my fitness titbits seamlessly even during the lockdown.
- Finding my tribe – I’m obviously not the only one on a transformation journey. Many friends have used the last few months to loose weight and tuck up as well. Comparing notes with them, learning new hacks, workouts etc are great ways to get inspired. What more, we can find and raid healthy food joints together too. Online and offline boundaries are indeed fast getting blurred.
- Information – Some handles on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram have been a source of priceless information to me. I’ve learnt the right position to run, diet tips, tricky Yogasans and lot more with them. Although, I confess that personalising it is the real clincher. It helps to remember that they’re experts and we’re still students. Filter the information to suit your goals and you’re set.
THE BRICKBATS THAT FOUND ME!
Do the positives mean that I haven’t had a frustrating experience online? Definitely not! From iniquitous judgement to completely losing the plot, social media has introduced me to a strange brand of self-promoting people.
- Feedback – I’m self-learned, self-dependant and am still learning. Negative feedback, although unwarranted, over time has only made me stronger. “You look sick”, “Papad banegi kya” and other such sharp reactions once made me retreat into my shell. However, I’ve attained nirvana from negativity now. Ignorance is bliss and their jealousy is my flattery. Also, why else do we have the block option, eh? 😉
- Body positivity gone wrong! – I haven’t yet fathomed the connection between body positivity and nudity. Can self-acceptance only be demonstrated with your ample cleavage peeping out of your pictures? Flaunting bare skin might get you followers and likes but please don’t fool yourself or anyone else. Body positivity, like I said earlier, comes from within and it shows. I sincerely hope that I have promoted healthy lifestyle on my blog, not myself. Pray, tell.
- Is honesty my real policy? – Playing victim is everyone’s favourite sport on social media. Truthfully, I never was one. My struggles weren’t brought about by medical emergencies nor needed any serious intervention. I gained and lost weight repeatedly until I decided to break the cycle. People make a joke of the blood and sweat I’ve expended in transforming myself with an ignominious “kya zarurat thi”. I can’t comment on others’ journey but I’ve been blatantly honest all along. Celebrate the good things if you must but please don’t undermine anyone’s efforts. Pictures don’t lie, do they?
I’m not an addict per se but a world without social media would possibly put the blogger/influencer me out of work! It can be a rich source of inspiration if you know where to look. I’ve ranted my heart out on difficult days and have also deactivated my accounts for months at a time. It always welcomes me back with open arms though. Guess the painful, unsparing brickbats can be tolerated for the wonderful bouquets. What say?
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