We live during a time where we have easy access to tools that will allow our voices to be heard in any form that we choose. Which I love, especially since there are still so many stories yet to be told. But lately, I've been wondering if having access to these tools make us feel like we HAVE to say something.
For the past few months I've been fairly quiet on social media. Not because I don't have anything to say, but more because I question why do I feel the need to say it — online. There have been so many times where I have written a status update on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter and deleted it after some thought. The questions that seem to always pop up are, "do I need to say this?" and "what is my intention if I do?"
In general, time is a huge factor in this as I am working on prioritizing my daily activities, but also trying to be more aware of what I put out into the world (along with what I'm ingesting). This doesn't mean I won't share something silly or fun. But filtering out what makes sense to share with close friends versus the public helps me determine whether a Facebook status update or a text message to a friend is the best form of communication. (Or if it's necessary for me to add to the chatter at all.)
All this to say, if you feel the need to say something just for the sake of updating your feed — it's really okay if you don't. It's okay to be quiet. When your intention, vision, and purpose are authentic you won't lose the audience or miss out on opportunities that are meant for you, and you won't lose anything from not being a part of that conversation. Trust me, I am a living example of this, (coming from someone who suffers from FOMO).
The beauty of this: when you're not always saying something, people are more likely to listen when you do.
What are your thoughts about feeling the need to share? Whether it's on a blog, on FB or Instagram (or any platform). Have you had to curb the reflex to post something? Please share your experience below.