Don't be a cyber toot.
Here's the dang deal - I'm human. Things that people say are going to affect me, even if I've never met them in my life and they are saying something through a screen...
I'm specifically talking about a video I recently posted (yesterday) for a company that I was working with about augmented virtual reality - I thought the experience was SO neat! Of course I wanted to work with them, and I would seriously LOVE for every home decor & furniture company to come out with this technology because I can be SO indecisive (in general but especially when it comes to home decor) standing in the aisle of wherever trying to decide if something will look okay in my house...anyone else? I have literally stood in Target debating which pillows to buy for an hour before... It's not the biggest problem to have (definitely kind of a snobby problem), but this technology is such an awesome solution and time saver.
ANYWAY. The company that I worked with decided to make my video an ad, which was great! BUT the ad was/is linked to my account so I could see everything that people were commenting...and I've got to say, that EVERY comment on that AD post (not my personal post)s was negative and mean.
"I don't like your face."
"Cool app, annoying person."
"Her voice is worse than dial-up modem"
"That's a big chin"
"Big girl voice?"
"Golly. I can do a furniture selfie and pretend I have a home."
I could go on but...I went ahead and disabled the comments from that ad because I don't have room for that in my life.
I know this sort of thing comes with the territory, but it struck me how not a single comment on that ad was positive. Why are people so driven by their negativity? Here I am showing some of the coolest technology available these days, and all these people think to do is criticize my looks or my voice or make fun of me?
I was so taken aback when I first saw this because of how hard I worked to put that video together. That took TWO days and sending dozens of video clips back and forth to the client before we all landed on something. A lot more work went into that then what is seen...
But I was also hesitant to be in front of the screen when they asked me to because it's out of my comfort zone. It can feel so awkward and it's definitely uncomfortable to watch yourself back because if you're anything like me ALL of your flaws feel like they are jumping off the screen at you. But I was excited to give it a try and put myself out there just a little more.
HERE'S THE DEAL. When I first saw those mean comments, I was hurt and then I was really angry. And then I just had to laugh it off...
BUT NEVER will I let people like that paralyze me or make me feel small or less than or not good enough. I'll keep stepping out of my comfort zone and I'll take those comments with a grain of salt and keep striving.
The world has enough negativity going around... I just hope that YOU (reading this) know the power of your words and how much a kind word can brighten someones day and how much a mean one can hurt. And how we need more of the kindness and positivity in our world and not the latter!
Don't be a cyber toot.
Much love and appreciation for all of the kindness and support that I receive. Thanks for reading <3