This morning, I pulled out my book to edit. I scrolled through my music and picked The Pretty Reckless. Listening to them and writing, I remembered a quote from their lead singer that seemed to fit my book and how I was feeling so I posted it on Facebook and Twitter:
Happiness is knowing yourself, loving yourself, and being yourself. F***k anyone who doesn’t get you – Taylor Momsen
I got a negative reply but instead of just letting someone have their opinion and stick to mine, I started to question myself and I deleted the post. I sat staring at my screen annoyed that I got so sensitive and took their words to heart. The person probably didn’t even think it would affect me. What was ironic was the quote is about being yourself and not caring in what others think! What a FAIL.
I confessed all to Twitter and got a flood of support – people telling me that ‘haters gonna hate’ and that my timelines are for me to post what I want to say and if people don’t like it they can unfriend or unfollow me. I definitely worry about what people think about me or say about me too much and unfortunately social networking just leaves you wide open for that kind of thing. I always prided myself that this blog is a happy and positive place and I try to be inspirational when it comes to being yourself and following your dreams so I felt the need to share this with you all. I don’t know why I let myself down like this.
Thanks to Beth from Limebird writers for this picture:
I’ve reposted the quote and am writing this post to make sure I and you guys won’t succumb to this again. I want to be myself online like I do offline and will keep trying to do this even if I don’t keep all my followers because of it 🙂
Have you ever felt pressure on social networking to not say what you want to say?