Truth-be-told, I’ve always had a strong aversion to being prompted to describe myself. Instead, I’ve always let my actions speak to the person that I am. But, I’m going to give this a shot.
In my LinkedIn profile, I describe myself as an: “experienced communicator with a demonstrated history of leadership and thirst for knowledge. Armed with two Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Sociology, integrates an understanding of human behavior with a sociological imagination to engage with individuals of diverse backgrounds, identities and experiences. Leveraging this skill enhances an existing aptitude for public speaking, communications, media design and project management.”
I have always been driven by a deep curiosity for all things, as well as a continual craving to make meaning out of the situations, things, people, and places around me. It’s like an itch that I constantly must scratch. Falling right in the middle of an “I” and an “E” in the Myers-Briggs assessment, I identify more so as an introvert. (I’m an INFJ, in case that helps you figure me out a bit more)
I think that this is because I am lost in thought, and often overwhelmed by both the sheer volume of stimuli in this word, as well as my affixed attention to the beauty in the day-to-day, mundane aspects of life, and the humans that fill it.
I think of this as my super-power. I am attuned to the emotions and moods of those around me, and pick up on patterns that many do not see. I am proud to say that I am a good gift-giver, confidant, and student because of this.
Taking everything into context from the above, I prioritize honesty and place high value on integrity. And that is part of the reason why I am here. I have discovered that in being transparent about who I am, and what I go through I have been able to connect and help others. I don’t believe in sugar-coating my life to present the perfect highlights reel on my social media. To me, that feels dishonest.
In a report by the non-profit organization Ruling Our Experiences (ROX), it was found that 27% of young girls will delete an Instagram post if they feel like they haven’t gotten enough likes. Further, the girls who spend the most time using technology are 5x more likely to report bring depressed nearly every day. Additionally, the more time they spend on social media they are less likely to say that they have supportive friends to talk about serious issues, and are 24% more likely to want to change their appearance.
The current content on social media is having an impact. And while I love the global community it has built, it is not reflective of the diversity of identities and experiences out there. This leaves many behind. By only sharing material from when we are at our quote-on-quote “best,” we are minimizing real, everyday nitty-gritty experiences of life – that aren’t always grammable. My goal is to set an example of transparency an authenticity with my content, in hopes that even one young girl somewhere won’t lose confidence in themselves.