I am of the generation that remembers life without email (even without cell phones! I first learned to make phone calls on a rotary phone. Do people even know what that is anymore?). I am totally dating myself, but AOL was the beginning when I was in school. We had to listen to the dial-up modem sound as we logged in to check our email. We had pagers to keep in contact with our friends, and numerical codes to send messages (early texting shorthand: 143 = I love you, etc.)
Then social media came along - we all had MySpace first, then Facebook blew up. And everything has seemed like warp speed since then. It's really hard to imagine life without all this tech now, but I do actually remember it, and am thankful I grew up when I did. I think the stages of my life perfectly coincided with the growth of technology: I was young enough to grow with it, so it wasn't like I was trying to play catch-up learning it all, but the tech itself was still mild enough that I was able to get through the 'tough years' (aka adolescence) without the often harsh and critical social media world weighing on me. While social media has created so many new, positive, creative forums and connected people in positive ways, it has also created a place for cowardly, immature and ignorant people to have a more profound effect than they ever should.
And even as an adult, it can be hard not to let the media ( in all its forms) get to you. Its only human to compare ourselves to each other, and its hard to remember that what we're seeing is only what other's want us to see. I took some dorky photos during this session, but I obviously only used the ones I liked in this post. I compare myself to others as well, and then judge myself. But my goal of this blog is to be who I am, and share who I am and what I have to offer, and not be anyone else. Because no one is perfect. And everyone is different. We all just need to be the best version of ourselves.