I miss the actions that don't have to sell themselves.
I post pictures of my most recent great adventure to remind everyone how I want them to see me, even though the greatest part of that adventure was a challenge and it's resulting personal growth.
The adventure was necessarily invisible to @instagram
when I walked it. I was unable to seek affirmation from anyone but myself and my family (whose affirmation I already am comfortably confident in). Now I feel persuaded to share and brag so as to continue in the direction I like. How can I get a job in (and make a life out of) adventure WITHOUT boasting to interviewers that I walked really far? And then I'm bitter that others sell themselves better than me.
Instagram inspires me to brag, to show off... "Look how much fun I'm having, look at all the places I'm going, look how fit I am, look at my face (as if it took work or merit to look the way I do), look at me cook, and look how happy all of it makes me." No, it's time for me to use Instagram differently. From now on it's about my friends, and interested strangers. It's to provide content of substance. It's to make people laugh and feel good. It's to let people think about an idea. Or it's to show people a place, time, or feeling in my life that they might find interesting.
This is a valley in the Sierras I walked through with friends @archaichoney
(Pitch) and @peeweegerman
Twisted. We lived in the mountains, forests, deserts and planes. We felt alive and in the moment, hiking the 2,650 miles that make up the great Pacific Crest Trail. Things weren't always easy, but everything felt significant. It was a moment of great personal growth.
If you are interested in these things, let's talk sometime, maybe you'll find yourself longing for an adventure like this, maybe you'll find it and take it on.
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