Greetings greetings! It’s been quite some time. I hope you missed me as much as I missed blogging (well, and you ;)). I am here today to talk about a vice that’s eating away at our generation, slowly by slowly. I like to call this little vice ‘doing it for the gram’. Doing it refers to ‘stunting or showing off’ and the gram in this case is all of social media- Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, you name it! So basically I’m talking about the people that go out of their way to stunt for Social Media. And no I’m not talking about people that are constantly posting their achievements and giving you little snippets of their day. That’s totally alright. (Isn’t the whole point of social media sharing and interacting anyway?) I’m talking about the people that will go out of their way to live a lifestyle that isn’t really theirs just to impress people or look good on social media. The people using borrowed iPhones to snap their lavish night, eating expensive food at a fancy, five star restaurant followed by a massive turn up at the dopest club, popping bottles in the VIP section yet back at home they left a struggling half-inch piece of soap and a completely squeezed-out tube of toothpaste because their priorities are in making their life look good not making sure it actually is. People that don’t live according to their budget in the name of social media. When the parents give you pocket money for the week all you can think about is which place will look good on Snapchat and Instagram so you can spend your money there.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not opposed to eating out at fancy restaurants all the time (heck, if I had it my way I’d probably do it everyday). And I’m not complaining about the aspect of popping bottles often either. Live and let live. I’m all for people doing what makes them happy. But I mean if you can’t really afford it and you’re not doing anything in any way to build some sort of future for yourself is it really worth it? The people you’re showing off for on the gram are sitting in silence building a stable future for themselves. Just because someone doesn’t show you everything that they’re doing and doesn’t go flaunting it in your face, doesn’t mean they’re not doing anything for themselves. Silence speaks volumes sometimes. Remember that! What people don’t realise is that we’re still quite young. We’re at the age where we’re allowed to make countless mistakes and try all sorts of new things. This is the age to start building and setting up our future and it’s totally okay to be broke now. Trust me. No one’s going to judge you or mock you for being broke, chances are, everyone around you is probably facing the same or a very similar struggle. This is is the time to try and fail things; projects, businesses, jobs or ideas, until you find something that works for you. Don’t be afraid to try and most definitely do not be afraid to fail. It is a part of life. What matters is how you pick yourself up after the fall, not how you fall. Live simply now so you can live well in the future. That’s how I think it should be. Do your work in silence, set yourself up and I promise you your efforts will be rewarded in due time. You’d rather be broke now while you’re young and it’s expected from you rather than be struggling financially when you’re older. You don’t want to be that 50 year old living in your parents’ basement wondering how it all went wrong. Get up now and do something your future self will thank you for. Instead of showing people you’ve got it going for you when you don’t. Using your parents’ money to live the life all your followers dream of is not goals. Your parents money is not your money. I repeat, your parent’s accomplishments are not yours. You can totally be proud of them and appreciate them but don’t expect them to look after you for a life time. Adulthood means independence. It’s their obligation to care and look out for you but you can’t make it a life long obligation. There comes a time when the tables need to turn, the favour needs to be returned. Don’t make your parent’s support you financially for the rest of their lives. They also have other dreams for themselves and other responsibilities to take care of. If you can’t work hard for yourselves, do it for the people who looked after you and raised you- your parents, guardians, whoever. As a token of appreciation, as a sign of respect. Instead of living large now and struggling with money in the future, start something now. Invest, save up. Build yourself the great future you deserve. Because the truth is, most of the people you’re stuntin’ for on the gram don’t care if you’re actually doing things with your life or not, you’re only doing yourself an injustice. No one is going to slow down their life so you can catch up with them. So save yourself the misery and regret. Get up and do something more with yourself. If you’re out there living a fab life and showing off actual accomplishments, I salute you. I’ll be joining you soon. But if you’re out there stunting for the gram and not actually doing anything great for yourself, start now. We can’t always know for sure who’s actually stuntin’ and who’s showing us reality. At least not right now. But time will surely tell. I hope all the people popping bottles every night and traveling luxury every weekend will still be doing it in a few years; showing us daddy’s dollars and throwing money around like it ain’t a thing. We’re watching you closely, hoping, for the sake of your dignity that you succeed. But for now we shall continue to watch you stunting on the gram. It is entertaining after all.