Dearest Millennials

Time for another Thirstythought Monologue! Because I’ve been getting more than the average “how to be you po?’s”and “#lifegoals” lately, this one is for you.

In this Instagram and photo sharing obsessed world we live in, it’s hard to draw the line between #goals and #fake. We see sooo many photos online and easily double tap girls with the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect trip, the perfect boyfriend, and the perfect life. It seems harmless, but slowly, these images are depressing us and leading us to expect so much more from life. We #goals everything, and so nothing ever becomes good enough. We end up expecting more surprises from our boyfriends, getting disappointed at not-so-ideal situations instead of cherishing the experience and not getting satisfied by anything less than Pinterest worthy. So many people have spoken up about this yet it’s still happening now more than ever.

Because I spend a lot of my time posting photos online- (well, more than the average person, that’s for sure!) I thought I would share my two cents about this issue from the other side of the table.

Photos tell a story. It shows you what the photographer wants you to see. But behind the lens- that’s where the drama happens. The real story. We have to be aware of that.

I see some people who want to be Insta famous wanting the best shots so much that they revolve their whole lives around it negatively affecting others. They force things to happen their way. They try to be someone they aren’t to fit in. They only hang out with “famous” people. They say they want to travel and experience the world, but they really only want their photo taken at every angle. I’ve seen couples get into nasty fights because the photos they shot didn’t turn out so great or their partners didn’t exert enough effort into the shot (yes, I’m sure some of you can relate!) Looking at it from the outside, it all seems so silly and trivial. How can you lose a friendship just because of an instagram photo? What has come to the world when people priorities images over relationships?

I’m no expert and sometimes I fall into the deadly instagram/facebook black hole too. But to all those listening, my advice remains the same. Be yourself. If you enjoy the effort you put into your photos- then that’s awesome. If you find someone to shoot you who equally enjoys it too- good for you!!! If you hate it and you’re doing it for the likes- then stop. If you are hassling your friends and fighting your boyfriend- stop. If you’re trying to be someone you’re not- stop. If it’s coming into your life like a wrecking ball- it’s not worth it.

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t wake up early in the morning to shoot iconic places without flocks of tourists. I travel with friends and I never want to hassle them to take my photo when it’s not convenient. I don’t over pack and bring a million stylish outfits when I travel. I don’t even wear make up when I don’t have to! When I’m out of town, I like to take my time and savor every moment. I like to eat at places the locals love and talk about culture and the arts. I’d rather spend a day making a new friend than shooting a million photos! Don’t get me wrong, I loooove taking photos- but I don’t let it control my life. BE STRONGER THAN YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED! LOL I love walking because we can’t exactly do it with ease back home. I walk everywhere. That means I have to be very practical- no high heels, not a lot of heavy stuff and only comfortable clothes. Which means- I’m not high fashion (I’ve come to realize) and that’s definitely okay. I’m a basic B and that’s totally fine! I’m just me. I go to beautiful places and take my time to enjoy it. The shoot comes secondary. If I get a good shot- cool! If not, it’s also cool. No stress. Not so much effort. No broken relationships.

Remember, in the grand scheme of things, what is a perfect shot when you have no one left to share it with?


Zara top
Topshop pants
Aldo shoes
Longchamp bag (via Rustans)
Triwa watch

 

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73 Responses to Dearest Millennials

  1. Princess says:

    Hi, Kryz! Searching the top fashion blogs in the Philippines that are worth reading lead me to thirstythought. I must say that you are no ordinary fashion blogger. You inspire everyone with most of your blogs. The first post I have read in your blog was “Keeping it Cash” (which reminded and encouraged me to be myself) invited me to keep reading your posts.

    This post was really on point. A few months now, I laid low from updating my social media accounts, let alone browsing it, because of the many like-heart-and-share-sucking posts (and mine wasn’t an exemption). Thank you for this article! It’s a great reminder. :)

  2. Marichelle Sayaang says:

    It’s just great! so great thought Ms.Kriz. 😉 So right and in point! In my case I love taking someone else photo’s than myself. I love groufies and twofies than a mere selfie.. ^_^ It’s more of a memory.

  3. Lyza Sy says:

    ”I’ve seen couples get into nasty fights because the photos they shot didn’t turn out so great or their partners didn’t exert enough effort into the shot” –

    GUILTY over here! :) sometimes, my boyfriend gets mad at me because it should be our date not “photo shoot day” and when I am not satisfied with his shots, I get irritated and let him do it all over again. I rarely comment on bloggers’ posts but this one is an exemption. Made me realize how easy it was before when all you want to capture is just a beautiful memories and not for #feedgoals #instagramgolas. Thank you Ms. Kryz! realized so many things because of this!. :)

  4. This is so true! I love taking photos but when I realized that hey! because of clinging to my phone I actually miss the point. I missed enjoying the food, event, place and the person I am with and that’s when I had to put the phone down. These social media pages are not everything about a person, though they represent a part. There’s a bigger world to be yourself or sometimes even make a name for yourself. So thank you for the writing the millennials a letter, such an on point reminder. Stay simply fabulous Kryzzie!

  5. Lorena says:

    This post is so perfect. I for sure understand what is like to be trying to be perfect, but I’m done now. I closed my Facebook account like 3 months ago as well as my Instagram & the other social apps. Decided to get back to Everything except Facebook. I realized the one that was hurting me.the most was that one (as much as I was hurting myself) I felt so bad & I didn’t want that for me & since I took a break I feel so much alive & good & pretty. I even started a blog(not about fashion) & I’m having a healthier life now.
    I’ve been following you for like 3 or 4 years now & I enjoy reading your posts.
    Hopefully I’ll get your book in Peru I’m crossing fingers I really want to read it.

  6. Jess says:

    Kryz,

    You are so vocal about the things that matter. You are inspiring.

    Thank you.

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