I’ve written before about my social media obsession. Maybe I exaggerate a little when I say obsession, I don’t know. You’d have to have me on your Twitter timeline or Facebook news feed to be the judge of that. There are days when I post constantly, some where I hardly post at all. The content is usually the same: photos, quotes and status updates about world domination and cake. I have been trying to find the balance in how often I post, but I don’t think I’m there yet.
Somebody once said to me that although I post a lot online, I still remain mysterious. I quite like that. I have had comments before about me putting my life all over Facebook and it made me chuckle, mostly because social media showcases an aspect of my actual every day life.
I say this now, and it might make you laugh, smile or roll your eyes: I am a private person. While I would happily sit all day long on social media (I don’t) and share snippets of my life, I remain quite guarded about my personal life. It is mine. It isn’t a secret but it belongs to me and the select few I share it with. Not everything is for public consumption, you know? I mean, I am an open book. If you and I were to meet in person and have a conversation, I would be very open and direct. But if you don’t ask questions, I don’t talk. That’s just how I am. I’m the kind of book that only gives you the answers when you know how to ask the right questions.
Not everybody is ready for realness. And that isn’t to suggest that I’m not real in how I present online, I am always myself and always sincere online and offline. Online Annika is just once part of who I am. I am multidimensional. I am more than 2D or 3D or anything like that. HD Anni. There is nothing that quite compares to knowing me in the flesh, the real deal, experiencing me at my highs and lows, my real-life facial expressions, comments and witty (I believe so) one-liners that make me who I am.
There is nothing behind it, I love to promote positivity and self love because that is what I feel and I feel I would be greedy in keeping that to myself. Why dwell on the not-so-fantastic aspects of my life when I could be grateful instead? I have so much love in my life, I am well and truly blessed, and I express my gratitude to the Universe daily for all that I have and all that I am. That’s real. That’s me. That includes the updates you see and the bits you don’t.
Is it possible to be as active as I am on social media and have a private life? I believe so. I am not ashamed to say that I love Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But just know that it gets the highlights of my day, a few carefully chose moments that I don’t mind sharing with the world. It is not, by any means, representative of my whole life. Not at all.