The Art of Selfies

Seflie, 2014. They al looked like this

I used to despise selfies because I thought it meant you were vain and being selfish. I actually got off Facebook for a while because I was sick of the selfish attitudes, negativity, and constant complaining. I mean, I left social media for a multitude of reasons, but basically I jumped off because I needed to focus on my own life, not other people’s.

I started a self transformation journey a few years ago because my life was going in a downward spiral. I focused on creating balance in many areas of my life. And as life keeps going, my journey will never be ‘complete’, but I can honestly say I am a better person than I used to be. We have all made mistakes, some more serious than others. We have hurt people, and have (hopefully) learned from our mistakes. What we learn is so much deeper than “I’ll never do that again.”

Anyway, I look at selfies I took years ago, and selfies I have taken now. I smile from ear to ear now. I am happy with myself, my life, and my accomplishments. I can say I am proud of who I am. I have earned the scars, but I have earned this smile as well.

Selfies aren’t selfish. They are a reflection of our mood in that moment. Part of my journey was when I signed up for BeachBody. Taking sweaty selfies was part of the program. At first, I didn’t think I was going to do it. Nor did I think I would get back onto social media. But I did, and I’m happy about it. I have received support, curiosity, compliments, and reconnected with some friends. I don’t scroll down to look at the news feed. I don’t go looking for trouble. I stay on my page, and jump onto my accountability and challenge pages. I am determined to surround myself with positivity and avoid the complaining, the drama, and the negative side of social media. I will not engage. And so, I post happy, accomplished, proud selfies.

My selfies are a mark of my all the hard work I’ve done to get to where I am. I smile, I remember, and I am genuinely happy. Every part of me is genuine and true to myself. That is my journey. To stay honest with myself and to strive for balance and happiness, even in the face of challenges.

Selfie, 2017

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