Insta-Me!

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Instagram is, literally, amazing.

(It really is. I’m not being sarcastic. Hear me out….)

Instagram is doing something that all the people in the history of the world have been trying to do, and failing at for years. Instagram, this seemingly superficial social media tool, is actually forcing people to answer the age old question: Who am I?

Sure, you are flipping open your instagram RIGHT NOW, being all like, “this B*tch is crazy. Instagram is just something I look at when I’m waiting for the dentist….” but no, think about it: what are you REALLY doing?

Poets, writers, scholars, philosophers….they have all struggled with the issue of identity. Coming of Age stories are our favorites, as a society, because at the end you get a sense of definition. There is a long, hard journey, that results in a self defining moment. The character pulls the mask from his eyes and sees himself as who he’s always been….who he always knew he would become. It moves us, time and again, because we secretly long for the same ah-ha moment. We simply want to know–as a country, as a female, as parents, as professionals….as a person–who we are.

Enter Instagram.

For the first time in the history of mankind, we can figure out EXACTLY who we are, in no time at all.

Since downloading Instagram a couple months ago, I began to ask myself a series of questions as I viewed other people’s pages. Am I a beach person or a hills person? Am I a person who takes pictures of everything I eat? Am I a person that takes a selfie a day? A gym person? An art person? Am I the kind of person who takes pictures of street signs? Do I feel the need to snap photos of my friend’s kids and hashtag the hell out of their cuteness? Am I obsessed with my dog? What REALLY gives my life meaning? Is it photogenic?

Then, the most amazing thing began to happen. I began to ANSWER my questions, and with each answer, I got closer to the golden-bowed box marked ME on it. After all these years, I started to figure out who and what I was, and it happened all so effortlessly.

I am a food person! I am an interior design enthusiast! I love art! I dislike selfies for no reason, but don’t mind them if I am in a foreign place! My favorite thing to photograph is nature and things that remind me of nature! I am NOT a lover of pets, but I am a lover of wild animals! It’s all come together so easily. This tapestry of ‘self’ that has so long eluded me, strung together like letters in noodle soup.

Thank you Instagram. Without you I may have gone down another endless road of Cum-by-ya, Eat, Pray, Love, tom-foolery, lined with discarded grad school apps. Honestly, you’ve saved me hours–if not years–of pushing boundaries. Now I can simply fester in this knowledge of my own unremarkable doing, and patiently await death. Soccrates thanks you.

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