I’ve been trying my hardest to become better at sustainable living for the past two years. Sometimes it is so overwhelming because I see a billion sustainable bloggers being so wonderfully perfect on Instagram. I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram (I’m sure everyone does). I love the aesthetics but hate how perfect everything always looks. Let’s show some failures, okay?
Let’s Be More Upfront About Our Failures
No one likes to admit when they failed. I mean it’s putting yourself in a vulnerable state- who would like to do that? The thing is, the more we talk about our failures the less they become taboo. Right now it seems scary to talk about how I forgot to bring reusable bags when I was shopping. How I had a bad day and really wanted an ice cream in a plastic cup. I would love to show that I’m perfect at sustainable living but the truth is I’m still learning. In order to grow, we all need to be upfront with our failures because together we can think of solutions to be better next time.
Influencers Should Be More Upfront About Their Past Mistakes
Yes, I love hearing how you became a success story. Yes, that’s wonderful you got a brand new house. Yes, good for you for getting that job. Buttttttt… the thing is, I want to hear about the hard times. How late did you stay up writing that story? How many nights did you have to eat Cheerios to afford the down deposit? How many jobs did you apply to on LinkedIn before you found “the one”. To me, those failures are what makes your story interesting. It’s interesting to hear about what you had to sacrifice in order to get to where you are today. Plus, it makes you more relatable which I feel like Instagram is severely lacking.
Why is this so Important in Our Instagram-Obsessed World?
This is so important today because we constantly go on this little app that looks so perfect that we forget the little mess ups. In the long run, that effects our self esteem because we see everyone surpassing us in everything. In reality, they’re struggling just like the rest of us. That is exactly why I like to watch Instagram Stories more than the Instagram feed. I feel like people can be more vulnerable on Instagram stories, this more relatable. Two people that do a really good job of this is Juliette and DeDe.
Starting Friday Failures
In an effort to become more real with you, I’m starting Friday Failures on my instagram stories. I hope this is an opportunity to get rid of the “perfect Instagram” vibe and just to be more real. Also, I hope you share your sustainable living failures with me. We’re human, we’re going to mess up. The thing is, we don’t need one person who is perfect at sustainable living. We need a ton of people who are striving to be better at sustainable living.
How do you feel about being more up front about your failures? Do you think instagramers should talk about their failures more?