I was thinking about the concept of comparing ourselves to others. Everyone will tell you that you shouldn’t compare yourself to other people. You don’t have to be like everybody else, you can do your own thing. I think that’s great. Whether we’re looking at it from a health perspective, or about our bodies, or what we do life; I agree that we shouldn’t be comparing ourselves.
Then I started thinking about the flip-side and the responsibility that maybe we all have in regard to the image that we project outward.
I’m in my studio right now. This is where I do a lot of my photo and video work. I always try make sure that my hair looks great, and that my shirts are okay and and the lighting and audio are good. But do you know the reality is? This is just a persona. This is who I’m putting out. An air of professionalism if you will. So let’s take a look at what life is really like.
Normally I wouldn’t have a dress shirt on. I spend a lot of time in a t-shirt and a hoodie. The reality is I haven’t had a haircut in almost a year at this point. If I haven’t showered I look like that mugshot of Nick Nolte. That’s why I wear hats – a lot.
And if we’re talking about the studio it’s really all held together with the with clips. We have some really good lighting going on but if we look behind it this is just my attic. There’s stuff hanging up and boxes all over the place. If we literally look behind the curtain, there’s a luchador mask with a sombrero, Halloween decorations and boxes of old cassette tapes I can’t seem to part with. It’s not very glamorous.
Think about the image that you’re putting out to everybody. We’re always trying to put out the best possible images of ourselves but also keep in mind that people are watching you and that they might be comparing themselves to you. If you’re putting out nothing but a fabrication of your real self all the time maybe think about that and maybe think about sometimes putting something out that’s a little bit flawed and letting people see the real you. I think they would appreciate that, I know I would.
Enjoy the rest your day. I’ll talk to you all soon.