With social media gaining popularity in the past several years, email has become almost obsolete. Why email someone an important message when you can just tweet or text them? In fact, in my last couple of years of teaching I had to force students to create an email address because YOU WILL FUCKING NEED ONE. Call me a purist, but telling the world that you’re listening to your favorite song and cleaning your shitty toilet bowl is not an acceptable substitute of a good, old fashioned, well-crafted email and actually communicating with a singular person.
But I won’t lie; one of my talents as listed on my post-education resume is “speaking clearly and fluently in meme.” (Look, I have very few gifts so I have to go with what I know I do well.) And I love a good screenshot text just as much as anyone else. It’s so much easier to lounge under the shady tree since 2004 and the birth of the text message so I get it.
But some of you have gone too far. (And I’m not even counting the political memes and posts by a person who can’t even name the three branches of government!)
With Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and all of the other forms of social media that I’m too old to use regularly becoming the Belle of the Ball, so have the inspirational quotes and messages. And I’ll say it; if I see one more person that I knew twenty years ago post some pseudo-intellectual, Tony Robbins-esq inspirational bullshit, I’m taking a hostage.
I can scroll through my Facebook feed at any moment and view any myriad of inspiring horseshit containing vague references to your “strength” and the fact that you just found out your husband has a girlfriend, you got shit-canned at work, people you thought were your friends hate your ass and your washing machine died. Why God, why me? We all know it’s advantageous to take risks and, you know, not doubt yourself; we get it.
But can we be realistic about things? I mean, can we really say what we mean for once?
So I spent a few minutes this morning creating my own inspirational visuals that I feel more accurately depict what’s going on in the world for you to share on social media. Enjoy!
And now for some realistic online inspiration: