This week over at Denyse Whelan Blogs, the writing prompt is ‘Selfie Time’. Now I cringed when I read that as I am not a fan of having my photo taken, let alone a selfie!
I’ve always had a poor self-image but actually I’ve found that the ‘selfie’ is helping me overcome this and to accept who I am and how I look.
How ‘Selfies’ can change the way we look at ourselves
However, if Prime Ministers, Presidents and of course celebrities are getting on board and joining the ‘selfie revolution’ what chance do I have? There has even been a selfie taken in space back in December by Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide who photographed himself during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Hoshide and Nasa
Taking a selfie is not as easy as it sounds and that is why I’m not a ‘natural’. I look at some people who either have arms long enough or know just how to tilt their head or get the right angle and wonder how much time they have had to practice to get it right!
I’m still a novice and certainly haven’t mastered the ‘sexy pout’ and have no idea of what filters are to make myself look like a super model. In fact, one selfie might take me several photos to get it right! Luckily we are in the digital age and if we don’t like it we can just press DELETE.
Here is a selfie I took yesterday before my 60th Birthday party.
After doing some reading, I think I fall into the ‘controlled selfie’ category. That is, I make sure I’m looking half okay at least. However, there is something wonderful about spontaneity and I’m working on being less self-conscious and having more fun with my ‘selfies’.
What about the ‘selfie stick’? Maybe I need one of those as I never seem to have long enough arms to hold the phone and click at the same time! I used to smile to myself when I saw tourists with selfie sticks but maybe there is method in their madness.
However, it appears that the selfie is here to stay. Whilst I once scoffed at the idea as being narcissitic and a ‘hey look at me, look at me’ type of attitude. However, on the flipside I have found that it can be an important way to record your life. I’ve even managed to get my husband (who isn’t even on social media), to take part in selfies on certain occasions.
I love Instagram because I enjoy looking at photographs of my friends and those I follow. I find I also enjoy looking at their ‘selfies’ and it is a great way to get to know people.
My friend Jan Wild from Retiring, Not Shy! takes a selfie most days of what she is wearing for the day. She then posts to Instagram and I find I’m looking with interest as to what the outfit of the day is.
My daughter is very protective of my grandson and social media but when she publishes the occasional selfie with him they look so happy and I enjoy the moment with them.
So whilst there could be some negative sides to ‘selfies’ it can be a positive way to learn to love yourself for who you are even if sometimes the photo might not be as ‘flattering’ as you would like.
I’m really going out of my comfort zone now and sharing some selfies with you. I actually think the more you take photos of yourself the more you accept how you look and feel more comfortable in your own skin.