Former Instagram model Essena O’Neill recently posted a video about why she was quitting social media that caused quite a stir in the online community. Even though the original video is now off YouTube, there are plenty of others who continue to spread her message. You can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1Qyks8QEM
Even though the video isn’t fun to watch, it raises some important topics. In the video, an emotional O’Neill lets the public know that her social media fame led to nothing but insecurities and self-judgement. Prior to the viral video, I had never heard of Essena O’Neill but I’m glad that I did.
I believe in balance. Without balance, stress takes over and you’re pulled in one direction. If you’re pulled too much, well, you might just snap. Working out is great and I love the benefits that I’ve experienced from exercising, but sometimes the strain is a lot.
The idea with working out is that you’re always pushing yourself towards ‘more’ – more reps, lift heavier – more, more, more. And that’s fine, but finding a way to counteract that and reintroduce harmony and appreciation for where you’re already at is a beautiful thing.
Life is full of wonderful treats. Whether they come in the form of a person or an event, gifts are everywhere and a part of our lives. Appreciation is so important to the quality of our lives and those around us. Where awareness is lacking, so is appreciation. Appreciating what you already have and what is in front of you is one of the most powerful things you can do in this life. Even if something doesn’t seem like much, it is all that you need and all that serves you at this moment.
We often hear the famous expression carpe diem which means seize the day. But what makes a day? Those 24 hours between midnights? A sunrise until a sunset? The definition of a day defers between people and maybe that’s why seizing the day sounds a lot easier than I’ve found it to be.
What makes a day by everyone’s definition?
When I think about my days realistically, I realise I go through a variety of emotions between the time I get up until the time I’m back in bed, and to me those varying emotions make it difficult to grab the day in one bunch, to take it for what it’s worth. That’s why the phrase carpe momento has much more weight and resonance with me. It means seize the moment. Every moment we are alive and breathing is a miracle. I know that sounds cliche but until someone shows me otherwise, I stand by that idea.