Hey friends, I know you don't need me to tell you this but I just want to say it: When you are sharing via social media, please post what you want. I keep seeing all these articles about How to Be the Most Annoying Person Online or What Everyone Needs to Stop Posting About and I just don't get it. Trust me, I don't like everything I see online. There are so many posts that I think are ridiculous that I get tired of seeing day in and day out. There are many people I've blocked from my newsfeeds because we do not see eye to eye on topics. But trying to get them to stop posting their ideas...? Nope. It's their space to do whatever they like in. Just because I may not agree does not mean they should stop. It's up to ME to filter out the things I don't want to see. It's not up to them to change for ME. I'm the one in charge of my own happiness. I can filter. I can block.
The reason I bring this up is because just this morning I was motivated by one of those posts I've heard people complain about. One of those get-off-your-ass-and-do-something posts that make a lot of people roll their eyes. But guess what. It motivated ME. I'm glad to have read it. Because of that post, I got off my ass and did something in the form of a 2 1/2 mile run. It felt good. I feel like I'm a better person today because of it.
I can tell you from my own experience that I KNOW not everyone likes all the posts I make. I know that I'm blocked from more than a few people's newsfeeds. That's totally fine with me! I post for many different reasons.
1) I post for myself. Yep, that's right. I post most times to make sure I'm relevant in this world. I post to make myself feel good. I'm not trying to be needy, but sometimes I AM needy and those few likes or comments make me feel good. Sometimes if I'm in a funk, I throw myself out there into the social media abyss in hopes to grab onto the arm of another drifting soul. It usually works, too.
2) I post to help others. When I find something that I think may help someone, I'll throw it out there. Hey, 98% of the people who read it may scoff at it, but that post might be useful to that 2%. I'm cool with that.
3) I think I'm funny. I laugh at a lot of things that maybe I shouldn't. I can't help it. If someone falls down, but first instinct is to laugh. I like to post funny stuff.
I do NOT post for anyone's approval. I do NOT post without acknowledging the fact that what I post will not be received well by everyone. There are always consequences for every action whether it be in real life or online.
I won't stop anyone from posting what they want. It's not fair for me to try to change people to make MY life better. I can only change myself.
So post away, my friends! Know that someone somewhere loves what you're doing. :-)