Our phones have become a new platform for us to climb ladders and declare our worth and success. It’s easy to say; I don’t care about how many followers I have on social media, until we do.
It’s a currency in our cultural day and age. One, which I am sure, we look back upon and wonder about the damage it has done to our sense of self.
Our identity is based in our sense of belonging.
Many believe that it is based in the way we understand who we are, but the formation of our identity always is based in our understanding of where we belong.
Then enters technology and the age of platforms.
Little counters in our pockets that ding notifications each hour, reinforcing our sense of belonging and worth. Always desiring to fit into culture, rather than give effort and energy to relationships in our everyday.
Fitting in says, “I have to change in order to be enough!”
Belonging says, “How can I create community where I am accepted?”
Fitting in says, “I have to be perfect to be accepted!”
Belonging says, “How can I be my true self?”
Fitting in says, “I have to follow trends to be acceptable!”
Belonging says, “How can I find connection today?”
You were born to belong not fit it.Amanda Viviers
Let’s together make a commitment to change the way we consume technology, stop climbing online ladders and build community together.