Selfies are hard for me. I usually feel terribly uncomfortable doing them, then even more uncomfortable sharing them. It is all the things that make me most anxious about social media summed up in a little picture. I worry about people seeing me because I wonder what they are seeing and thinking (and yes, judging).
But it’s not only with pictures. When I walk by mirrors in public spaces I get a little lump in my throat if I see my reflection (which I try to avoid by hurrying by). Because I often don’t even recognize the person looking back. I have a picture in my head of what I look like, and it is definitely not what I see in the reflection.
But as I am challenging the shame and secrecy around mental health, what we think of ourselves, our bodies and minds, I feel the need to explore these fears too. So I am taking part in a 14-day Visibility Challenge with the Biz Studio and my goal is to get more comfortable with being seen and letting go of the fear of whatever people may be thinking of me. Ideally, I hope to like what I see.
Because as I learn more about the power of social media and the positive connections that can be made online, I recognize the need for people to see me, just as I am, selfies included. I would love to know how you feel about selfies. Do you take them? Share them? Do you like to see other peoples selfies?
This is me in my sewing room, with some of my favorite things.