I have been very moved lately by the #TruthInAds movement.
My friends have made this a very big mission to ensure a better life for their kids.
Imagine if every Photoshopped, impossibly “perfect’ advertisement involving models of any kind were labeled as Photoshopped? Imagine if people didn’t compare themselves to fake pictures of real people?
Even the below image seems subtle but it isn’t… not when you change someone’s jaw, cleavage, skin tone and hips!
I urge you to check out the bipartisan petition HERE and sign it if you agree that we should be more clear about what is real and what is not real where beauty and ideal standards are being messaged into society.
I think life would be more beautiful without Photoshopping faces and bodies in ways that are just not real.
On that note, I’ve been thinking a whole lot about integrity lately. And how we create it…
Oprah has a great way of summing up a life that is full of the personal morality we call integrity:
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”
In our world of many images, it is easy to think that everyone has an impossibly awesome life that has an awesome stream of photos flying through Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr & Facebook.
Don’t believe the hype.
While I’d never personally sell people out (their integrity is their own!), I do know people who post pictures of food they didn’t cook as their own, pictures of makeup they didn’t do as their own work, pictures they didn’t take as their own photography… and when it’s all online, these people look so multi-talented and prolific and ecstatic.
I know I post tons of things on all kinds of social media. I also happen to be inspired by people’s vast productivity and creativity. And, yet, even I get exasperated when I see the overly-documented lives of people being plastered on my Facebook.
Sharing is fun. Sharing way too many perfectly carved-out monents that may or may not be real is overkill.
At least for me it is.
Not good for me to see it. That makes me feel strange inside.
Do you know what I mean?
You have images in your social media stream of all kinds of things.
Some might motivate you.
Some may make you feel bad.
With images coming at us fast and furious, it can be hard to tell what is really making an impact until we suddenly don’t feel good about ourselves and we aren’t quite sure why!
If you are feeling a lot of pressure to be or do things that don’t make you feel good on the inside, here’s a suggestion:
Take an Internet siesta. Then clear out your social media of anything that makes you feel bad about yourself. Then limit the amount of time you spend online in general.
Digital feng shui. Its very necessary!
You have a beautiful life- a real life- waiting for you filled with perfectly imperfect experiences and lots of magic! xoxo Dana
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