Most of us want to be loved, adored, and looked up to. Most of us seek validation and acceptance in the wrong ways and at the wrong places. But not many of us know what it takes to maintain being famous. Not many of us want to acknowledge the fact that not everyone on social platforms wish us happiness like they claim they do. Social media has taken a huge part of most of our lives in this generation.

Social media can either build your self-esteem or break it. Two minutes is all it can take to make you or break you. We all wish to be famous but little do we give ourselves time to teach ourselves how to stay famous for all the right reasons. We, therefore, become famous for the wrong reasons. But that is not entirely the truth because it’s sometimes our so-called “fans” or “friends” that can tarnish our names and break us. In our everyday lives, we are led and distracted by influencers who seem to have it all. Most of them exaggerate and convince us that all we see is real. The truth of the matter is some of them are not what they pose as, some of them do not even own half of what they post on their profiles.

Some of them are actually posting their fake lives in order to make money by either creating sponsored content to get paid or attracting rich partners to fund their expensive taste. It’s only about 20% of them who are actually genuine and real at what they pose as. Now the sad part here is the not so fortunate ones who get hooked at what they see, they’ll therefore do the unlikely or sell their souls to the devil just because they seek validation and acceptance from the social media community. The sad part here is they become so focused on what their minds are fed through social media that they forget about their families, close friends, and what really matters in their lives, they forget their values and loose morals while at it. Social media has taken a huge toll on our lives because we don’t go out for the right reasons anymore, we have become anti-social and just go out for pictures and location check-ins. Social media, on the other hand, for some of us is actually the best platform to interact and market when it comes to business purposes because everyone is on social platforms which make advertising not so expensive anymore.

Do not let social media control you and do not use social media for all the wrong reasons because of two minutes of fame is not worth it. In order to have a happy and peaceful life, do not post much of your private life, do not seek validation, and do not get attracted to what seems too good to be true. Do not lose focus on what you want in life because other people seem to be more successful than you. Be unique, be yourself and whoever is meant to be apart of your circle will come and stay. Aspire to inspire before you expire because the world out there is ruthless. Not everything that glitters is actually gold. Be selfish of your time and rather spend it on fruitful things. Do not bring everyone you come across into your personal space because some don’t have the same interests at heart for you as you do for them. And lastly, do not forget to pray at all times because social media can be evil.

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Katleho Nkatlo

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