“No Selfie Challenge” 

Discussing private matters has never been my topic of choice. I have always stuck to the motto: “Some things are better left unsaid.” Until recently, I have not been bucked on this topic too much. Of late, I have become disheartened about how we all tend to present a facade about who or what we truly are in places like social media. 

My biggest hang-up, is not that I don’t present myself in a good light. No, my biggest hang-up is that I feel that sharing aspects of my life with others is indeed “presenting myself.” I worry that a funny that I chose to share, or a caption I take time to write, may offend someone. The real parts of me are screaming to be unlocked. They are opening a door and screaming down an empty corridor, “Just be you!” 

In a society where we are trained to always put our best foot forward, is it so bad to hope that maybe we can train ourselves to let our blisters be seen? We all have them. Each of us is human, with mistakes, mortgages that sometimes are a struggle to pay, and relationships that get bruised and battered. Life can not be pretty all the time. We as humans are bound to make mistakes. We want what we want. We inhale hope and sometimes exhale hurt. 

When we decide to let things define us is when we give all the power to another person. I have no intention of giving someone else the opportunity to define who I am. 

Today, December 9th, I have decided to make a “No Selfie Challenge” for myself. For one year, I am going to refrain from sharing any selfie pictures. I think that taking a year off from presenting my appearance with filters or the way I think is acceptable to be seen, will change how I feel about giving someone else that coveted power. To be clear, I’m not saying I won’t share any pictures of me, say with my family. I simply mean, they won’t be pictures I took of myself. In many cases, I find I only use pictures that are from what I think is my best angle. I use filters to hide my wrinkles and graying hair. From now until December 9, 2017,  any picture I post will be one that I took of someone else, or one that someone else has taken of me. In both instances, I will refrain from using any filters or enhancers (except in the case of professional photos that someone else took, I have no control over those filters or enhancers). This is a little experiment just for me. I want to see how it changes or does not change my perception on “presenting myself.” 

Wish me luck! 

See what I mean? The left is a selfie with filters. The right is a picture taken by a family member sans filter. 


6 thoughts on ““No Selfie Challenge” 

  1. I just wanted to say I love your blog. I don’t know you, but I know your sister and some time ago I stumbled upon your blog although I have no idea how. But I come to it occasionally to see your posts, and I’m that crazy person on Instagram who follows you and sometimes likes your pictures even though you don’t know who I am. I also blog. And by blog I mean like 5 posts… but you make me want to write more. I love reading what others have to say, so maybe someone will read what I have to say. But thank you for writing. I always enjoy reading. Especially about people from good ole Zanesville, Ohio!

    • Hey Lindsay! Thank you for reading!! It’s so good to know someone gets something from what I write! Where is your blog? I would love to follow! Zanesville people unite!

      • dontblinkmommy.blogspot.com

        Hopefully I’ll get my butt in gear and make a post again soon!

  2. I love this post and your heart and am rooting you on! It is so funny or maybe not so funny, that I have loads of selfies on my phone that never get posted because I am afraid to filter too much but don’t feel like they are good enough to post! Thank you for addressing how so many feel and being brace enough to admit it! ❤️

  3. You are beautiful inside and out…filters or no filters! ❤ How weird! I just read your comment to Gina and I had already written mine to you but hadn't posted!! Love you! And it is true xoxoxo

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