Photos just have this way--this way of making you feel a certain way inside. And now that we live in a very instant-gratification life of photo-taking. I mean, it's at our fingertips, literally, with our phone and instagram feed. You're probably feeling pricks and prods of emotions about photos all.the.time, maybe without even realizing it. Like the way I squirm a little every time I see another nudey butt on IG. Or that the new video on instagram feature is getting used and abused. (You all know you follow at least one abuser...ie: a billion vids a day of nonsense. To each his own, yea.)
So, I was thinking the other day about certain photos and the feelings they bring out in me. The funny (or not so so funny) thing is, there's normally a deeper reason why I feel the way I do. So I made a list of the photos that I know for a fact evoke feelings (whether good, bad, proud, etc) in me.
>>>Exercise Motivation/ Post-Workout Posts<<<
I actually love seeing these posts. Maybe I'm a nerd, but I especially love seeing screenshots from the app that tracked the persons run, photos of the workout machine, etc. A sweaty after selfie, too? Sure, so be it. It's not that we need proof you're at the gym. I mean, I'm there 5 days a week, but you don't need to know that from 5 YMCA photos a week. But, I just think that if social media is what you need to give you that motivation boost, or what got you through a run, thinking, "I can finally post that picture saying 'I DID IT'", then awesome. Because I have so been there and I know that can be motivating. You may not have many people in your life who motivate you, so if social media helps with that--then that's great and I will like & comment on that everytime I can because I'm proud of you. I know that it takes work to get up and out the door, so I'll virtually boomshakalaka you any day for that ::insert fist bump emoticon::.
>>>The Skinny Mirror Slant Photo<<<
|(not my image--hahaha--just found on google)|
>>>Blurry/Out of Focus Photos<<<
This one makes me laugh a little because peeps get crazzzzyyyyy about selfies. I mean, crazy-upset slash enraged when they think people post too may photos of themselves. I do get that TOO many could be annoying? I guess? But I actually like seeing my friends pretty faces. I like seeing them in the picture with their kids. I like seeing their outfit of the day posts and I don't find them vain. Okay, so if you're like, "this is my fancy, uppity, rich brand BLAH BLAH (I can't name anything fancy, therefore you know I'm not fancy, hahaha....loser) watch and bracelet" every single time, I could see how that could be a little vain, maybe. But, really--it doesn't bother me. I post pictures of myself with my kids. I hand my camera over to my husband and make sure he gets shots of me with my girls so that they see me interacting with them one day. So I'm not always absent in photos. And I absolutely will post a photo (usually about once a week) of a weekend outfit (usually church, haha), since it's the one time I've gotten out of my compression capris and workout tanks. If I'm having a good hair day (aka: the one day I showered and actually got it out of my active band and pony tail), then you might see that, too.
Other people's selfies don't really evoke feelings in me other than, wow I have pretty friends. And that's a-ok with me.
>>>Before and Afters<<<
|(i'm fully aware I look sad/angry/miserable in the left photo-as it|
was pointed out 2930829038 times yesterday on instagram. Um.
I was unhappy. haha. I also wasn't aware you are supposed to
smile in your pre-weight loss pics)
Any and all before and afters rock my face off. But I know other people don't feel the same. I partially wonder why they have such a problem with it? Transformation of any kind is fascinating. I feel like it shows hard work was done. A time lapse, per-se. Whether it be a messy kitchen cabinet going to a clean kitchen cabinet. A picture of an un-makeup'ed face to a makeup'ed face (I think that's fun), or before/after weight loss stuff. I just think hard work should be celebrated. Every few months I like to post a before and after picture. See, when you're in the daily trenches of losing weight, working on toning your body, or whatever your journey is, it can be monotonous. It can be so hard to see the difference. Photos really help you to be like, YES, I finally see a difference. YES, my hard work is actually paying off slightly.
I love seeing them. Love, love. Because I feel such a sense of pride and accomplishment for the person. I know how good they must feel. I love seeing change of any kind.
So what photos on social media evoke feelings in you?? Good or bad--happy or sad (do a dance, la-da-da). I'm really serious. I think it's fascinating.
(all opinions in this post are obviously my own. this disclaimer is semi a joke, but I really don't want to offend anyone---and hope I don't :) )