I want to start a new series on my blog called Self-Love Sunday. I am a self-love enthusiast and activist and believe it should be practiced every day, of course, so I want to specifically dedicate one day of the week to write about it and remind all of my readers to take care of themselves.
#SelfLoveSunday (can we get it trending?!) is about reigniting that little light within yourself that can start to dimmer throughout the long week. SLS is your time to restore. Self-care is usually the first thing that we compromise, when really, how can we expect to be a source of strength and guidance for others and ourselves when we aren’t feeling 100%?
I am calling you to invest in yourself. You deserve it.
Today, let’s talk about…. #selfies.
I wanted to post this picture of me on my Instagram, but I hesitated because (I quote) “I feel like I have so many pictures of myself on here.” Without missing a beat, my sister quickly responded, “Who cares?! Post it!”
She’s right. Who cares? Why should I apologize for a picture of myself? When you think about the purpose of a selfie, or any photograph in general, it is a way to capture a moment in time. This is who I am on December 21, 2014. I want to remember this moment. The moment when I spent the day with loved ones and I tried on a hat and posed against the wall of a boutique because I thought I looked cute. Correction: I do look cute. 😉
The #Selfie Revolution is a celebration of yourself. You deserve to be celebrated! The selfie is breaking down the barriers of what it means to be beautiful. The media’s narrow definition of beauty is being challenged by people who don’t fit that mold. We’re constantly encountering images of people of all shapes, sizes, skin colors and gender identities — and they look amazing. It’s awesome to see how things evolve into something so strong. The concept of a “selfie” is so simple but it’s becoming something that’s changing the way we are communicating.
The amazing Laci Green dives into this more in her video:
Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend says: “I’m definitely pro-selfie. I think that anybody who’s anti-selfie is really just a hater. Because, truthfully, why shouldn’t people take pictures of themselves? When I’m on Instagram and I see that somebody took a picture of themselves, I’m like, ‘Thank you.’ I don’t need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There’s only one you.
I could Google image search ‘the sky’ and I would probably see beautiful images to knock my socks off. But I can’t Google, you know, ‘What does my friend look like today?’ For you to be able to take a picture of yourself that you feel good enough about to share with the world – I think that’s a great thing.” – Believe in Your Selfie
I personally love seeing people’s faces rather than just their statuses, tweets, etc. Being able to visually connect with someone is amazing and I want to encourage them for OWNING who they are. I have never seen a selfie and thought, “Wow. How narcissistic.”
I think we should embrace social media as an opportunity to all have a voice and a story to share, and encourage each other in that.
So do me a favor – whether it’s a mass Snapchat where you contort your face so you have six chins, or a flatteringly filtered Instagram shot where you nailed the cat-eyeliner and red lipstick combo – TAKE THAT SELFIE.
Long live the selfie. Amen.