God did not create you to be Instagram material.
God did not create you to write in a coffee shop 24/7.
God did not create you to wear a stylish outfit all the time.
God did not create you to take perfect selfies for Twitter.
God did not create you to have 1,000 followers on social media.
God did not create you to keep up with other #writers, #artists, #photographers, etc etc.
God did not create you to be a cliche.
So stop trying to be the cliche. Stop trying to fit in. Because God didn’t create you to be identified by anything but Jesus Christ Himself. As writers, we hate cliches, so why are we trying to be one ourselves?
You don’t have to like something, just because everyone else likes it.
You don’t have to try something, just because everyone else tried it.
You don’t have to be a social media Einstein, just because it seems like so many others are.
You don’t have to hold yourself to perfectionist standards because no one is perfect–not even the ones who look like they are.
You don’t have to be a cliche.
There are enough of those people in the world. There are enough people following the crowd, working themselves to death for meaningless ‘aesthetics’, and sacrificing time to be with Jesus and their family so they can spend time writing killer blog posts.
So stop trying to fit in. Stop trying to be perfect for social media. Stop trying to look like everyone else.
Have a crazy Instagram feed, if that fits you.
Take silly selfies and post them.
Wear mismatched clothes and be Pippi Longstocking, if that’s your thing.
Write in a strange place that Instagram wouldn’t know what to do with (I’m not suggesting writing in an alley, or a zoo exhibit…).
Love your ten followers to pieces and don’t worry about numbers.
God didn’t make us to strive for perfect, glamour, or fame. Don’t forget that there is more to life than our fleshly desires.
Kill the cliches and set your heart on heaven!