The other day I was listening to Fall Out Boy's Save Rock and Roll (which is an amazing song btw, and it features Elton freakin' John) and a line in the lyrics really stuck out to me:
"You are what you love / Not who loves you"
In this day and age, our success seems to be based on the opinion of others. Your coolness factor is dependent on how many social media followers you have. In the fashion blogging world, companies will only want to work with you if you have a high amount of monthly views and unique visitors on your blog. I've even met people who don't give me the time of day in person, but as soon as they see my Instagram, they suddenly want to be become BFFs (and my numbers on social media aren't even that impressive).
We allow numbers and statistics to define who we are. If you post a picture you really love to Instagram, but it doesn't get as many likes as you want, you suddenly don't love that picture anymore. If you post a video to YouTube and it doesn't get over a hundred views in the first 30 minutes, you begin to think what's wrong with you.
I think it's human nature to want to be loved.
But it's when we begin to obsess over being publicly loved and adored--that's when it becomes toxic.
The only opinions in life that should matter are your family's, your close friend's, and most importantly, your own.
I love putting outfits together and documenting them on my blog. I love talking to a camera and editing that footage into a video. I love fashion. I love beauty. I love sushi and pizza and hot dogs and cuddling on the couch watching Netflix. I love being myself.
What I love should define who I am.
Not numbers. Not statistics. And certainly not the opinion of others.
My goal is to choose the things that make me happy. Choose to have people in my life who uplift me, not pull me down. If I were able to talk to my future self and she told me she was still doing what she loves and is purely happy, that's the only measure of success I need. My goal is to do what I love and love what I do.
Face Forward, my friends! Make sure the life that you're living is as bright as your future.
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