#definethenorm

Firstly I would like to give a big shout out to all of those people who have shared information or posted something to support this awareness campaign. There seems to be some great responses so far and I am looking forward to what the rest of the month has in store.

This week I have had the opportunity to speak to people about their feelings about the awareness campaign. Most seem supportive of the idea and reasons behind it, however many have acknowledged that they feel reluctant to share their images of the ‘normal’ happenings of life. 

I find it quite interesting that we all (including myself), often have reservations about sharing the parts of our lives that are perceived as ‘imperfect’ or ‘not going well’. I am curious as to why this might be so? Is it because we feel fearful about what others might think about us if we don’t ‘have or shit together’? Or perhaps it doesn’t feel safe or ok to do so? Or perhaps we don’t want to ‘ruin’ the look of our social media pages? Perhaps some thing else?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, as it was not really something that I considered when putting this campaign together.

I feel that this just goes to show that we are almost encouraged to post images of how we want to be perceived in the world rather then express the true ups and downs that life has to offer. I think that it also proves that to be vulnerable it takes a lot of guts and courage. However when we show our vulnerabilities, we expose parts of our true authentic selves, which when expressed in a safe environment, can be beneficial for our personal growth and healing.