Depending on the day of the week, you may get varying opinions on whether social media is in fact, real. Often referred to as a highlight reel, it can seem that there is a lack of the full picture when it comes to the totality of what life truly encompasses. Which we all know is both the up, down, and in between. But no matter where you stand on that particular thought, the reality is that social media has the ability to lead to some very real life opportunities.
I was recently thinking back to the time that my husband was going to be on a TV show on Fuse. A close relationship led him to the opportunity to both produce music for the show and to serve as the DJ/host on-air. He had only recently picked up DJing and had absolutely no experience on a major television show at all. I mean speaking to producers through in-ears, learning scripts, having production meetings. He was spending the week in NY so he could tape and coming home on just weekends. It all happened so fast, but when I think back to that time, I think of how much he stepped up to the plate.
I used to be afraid to ask my parents anything if I thought the answer would be no. See I had gotten to know them over some time and I pretty much had a good idea of what would fly and what wouldn’t. What I didn’t realize was that I was setting myself up in life to be fearful to ask anything if I thought the answer might be no. Instead of saving myself from the rejection, I was really just limiting my possibilities. Sometimes the habits that we have develop way before we know what we are doing or how they could be detrimental to our success. We have not because we ask not and it’s taken me some time to realize that.
I still have yet to sit down and really navigate the year ahead of me in the way that I want. It’s partly because I have an idea of where everything is going to fall and also partially based on the fact that I’ve seen the way that life kind of ebbs and flows and so I don’t want to hold myself to too many things I may or may not accomplish. However, I did take some time to write down a couple of things that I definitely want to check off the list.
I tweeted this a few days ago and it seems it resonated with many people. I have just felt so uncomfortable in spaces where we are pretending to be cool, or pretending to be farther along than we really are. I crave resonating conversations, belly laughs, and opportunities for true growth. In a time where we are constantly bombarded with interpretations of real life through social media, I think it’s more important now, than ever, to surround yourself with authentic, genuine people.