I wake to the daily routine of my eyes fixated at the screen as I scroll through the updates that I’ve missed during my few hours of sleep. I am well aware of such terrible habit, but in this digital age, it cannot be disputed that this has become the source of news for many. Though we cannot always rely on such means as not everything should be believed as we see it presented. Mixed feelings stir and settle as I go through my feed of articles of varying degrees of legitimacy; though the sentiment of frustration and slight aggravation augmented as I witness the proposition that I apparently have a psychological problem as this article tried to argue (or the lack thereof).
To save you from reading this article, it basically categorizes people who post fitness routines on social media as narcissistic and are, I quote, “in need of attention and validation.” I do not wish to argue that this is completely untrue however, I beg to differ that this is not everyone’s intentions.
Like most people, I grew up with my own set of insecurities. I already dove into this subject in another blog post but essentially, it was a struggle to find comfort in my own skin: weight and all. This was most relevant after first year of university when I weighed at my heaviest and felt most insecure. Knowing not the slightest about fitness as I stuck my nose in books instead throughout high school, I didn’t know where or how to start my fitness journey. Though that’s what the internet is for, right?
It was through mirroring fitness routines created by supposedly narcissistic individuals that I found help. It was also through their “attention-and-validation-seeking” Instagram photos that I sought for motivation. If it weren’t for these individuals, I wouldn’t be where I am now: healthier both physically and mentally. So now, I wish to turn the tables.
It is gratifying and accomplishing when my friends and co-workers recognize that my hard work is paying off, even if I’m still consuming the needed three times a day bowls of rice. This recognition is satisfying to hear not because it feeds my ego, but because it’s followed by questions asking for help and advice. “What do you do? Could you help me?” And the answer is always, “Absolutely!” So this is why I post on social media; it is to reach a greater audience beyond my reach and it’s time that I be of help to someone else on the other side of the screen.