One of the things that we always seem to forget when we look at something on social media is the amount of work that goes behind it. Every photo, every sketch, every song cover, every video seems like it was made so effortlessly that even you could do something similar if you tried. Hundreds of people will still come at you with their two cents on how you could have done better. Criticism comes so easy, but the reality doesn’t hit you until you actually see what goes on behind the scenes.
I didn’t realize how much work actually goes into every single blog post that I write because I do it every day; I think it has become so normal for me to keep doing this, I don’t even realize that this isn’t as easy as it looks. Only when people reached out to me and asked me what my writing process is, how I look for the topics to write, how I find a new topic every single day, how I stay motivated, and a few other questions, did I realize that what I do isn’t as easy as I think. It takes a lot more than just writing consistently.
It is so refreshing to be able to share the process with others because they finally get to see what my work looks like when it is in progress. Everything we ever put on our social media platforms is just polished and perfect to the point of giving people the false impression that we have our lives perfectly sorted out. In reality, all of our lives are messy; they’re different degrees of messy, but messy nevertheless. It’s comforting when people choose to reveal what their work in progress looks like because that’s how you know that things can get really messy before they beautifully come together in the end.
That baking tutorial you were watching and failed to follow? Yeah, they probably failed a couple of times before they could finally perfect their recipe enough to upload a video. That sketch you’re looking at is probably hours of hard work and tears because just one detail wouldn’t come out right. That pretty butterfly out there? It turns into mush before it can reform and grow its colourful wings. Everything I write here seems like word-vomit sometimes, but it’s hours of thinking and re-phrasing because I don’t want to come off as insensitive towards certain groups of people; we don’t want any kind of negativity here.
All of us are just works in progress. We have a long way to go, when you think about it. That’s the beautiful thing about being humans: we’re dynamic beings; we’re constantly learning and improving ourselves. Sometimes, that growth can be extremely painful and unpleasant to look at. Then again, nobody said that works in progress have to look good, or anywhere close to the end result, even! Just keep that in mind the next time you’re fooled by something beautiful on your social media pages.
It’s not always what it looks like.
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