Social media can be social. It can connect us. We can make friends, find the people who need our services, find the people whose services we need.
But it can also scare us off, reveal not what is out there but what fears are in here. Not about others so much as about ourselves.
Much like mirrors do, in every👏 single 👏 ghost story 👏 I 👏 have 👏ever👏written!
Here’s why they scare and fascinate me…
We don’t see ourselves when we look in the mirror. We see a reflection. Something created in response. Never the thing, the person, the place. Even a memory is a recalled perception, never the thing itself. A retelling.
Each retelling, though, is a new draft, truer to itself than the last. An essential truth even if not a literal one. Like our stories on the page, we are becoming more ourselves each time we learn more about our own story, gain another perspective on it, about who we choose to be and what we choose to learn.
When we look at social media, it can only make us unhappy when we see ourselves instead of the other.
As if the choices, achievements, joys or sorrows of others are any reflection on us. Or, even if they were, as if it means there’s any less space in the world for our own.
There is space for you, all you can do and all you can be.
The other is not ourselves. Everyone is free to celebrate and share who they are and what they can offer the world. Even your reflection isn’t really you.
But it’s certainly got things to tell you, if you’re ready to listen, and to choose what happens in the next chapter…