INFLUENCE



Why did you start using Instagram? Why did you start binge watching shows late night? Why did you start playing Among Us?


Let me guess, because everyone around you was doing that. Your friends, colleagues, etc. It’s a simple answer, right?


It might seem so, but that is not the case. We don’t even realize that a lot of things we do every single day are affected by others. Earlier, this problem wasn’t very common. People who only did what their close ones did were said to have FOMO or ‘Fear Of Missing Out’.


But now, it’s the case with everyone. We eat what others are eating, we watch what others are watching and we wear what others are wearing. All in all, we only want to be part of stuff that’s “#TRENDING”.


We are constantly looking for other people’s approval.


“What will he think if I don’t stay out late at the party?”


“ What will she think if my phone isn’t as expensive as hers?”

We’re so busy ‘staying in the loop’, that we are missing out on everything that’s important.


But it’s time to stop all this. Don’t care if you don’t get a lot of likes on your next insta post. It shouldn’t matter whether the background is good, or if the filter’s perfect. It is not important if your group of friends think you’re looking pretty, but what is important is that you wear what you feel suits you. It’s okay if you prefer ganne ka ras over Keventers’ shake. It’s not necessary to have an iPhone, Nokia is just as fine. In fact, that Nokia is gonna stay with you, much longer than the friends you’re trying to please.


So, to conclude, just know, that it’s not wrong to go where the world is going, but the path to that should be yours. It’s ok to keep up with your circle, but don’t lose yourself in the process. Just know, that you are what you make yourself, not what others tell you to become. It’s up to you to decide what’s good for you and what’s not. And most importantly, don’t fall in love with this fast, dazzling world, just because everyone else is. Instead fall in love with yourself, with who you are, with what you do and with the people who are ready to accept you as you are.


After all there are only three important things in the world, you, you and of course, you…

Author: Manas Mehta

Editor: Akanksha Mahapatra


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