New Year Update and a Little Rant

So another year has come and gone. We are officially in 2014! I hope everyone accomplished their New Year’s Resolutions that they had in 2013….as for me I mega failed. Now I will go ahead and tell everyone what I hope to (but probably won’t) accomplish this year for my New Year’s Resolution (even though I’m a couple days late).

For 2014 I plan on doing a lot more than the previous year.

1. Read more books than I did in 2013 (you can keep an eye on my reading list page on this blog)

2. Work out every week, at least twice a week.

3. Post a blog at least once a week (which was a challenge last year as some of you noticed)

4. Finish my book! Which was actually started but never finished during National Novel Writing November.

This is all I can think of for the moment for my New Year’s Resolution but I will be sure to update more if I think of anything new.

NOW ON TO THE RANT!!!!

This evening I was at my Mema’s (which is what we call my Grandma here in the South) and I stole my little cousin’s cell phone, just to look around and see what she has been up to and partially just to annoy her. As I browsed through her Instagram and saw all the people she didn’t know who she was following, I was shocked to see how many of these people were posting “like me” pictures. It was almost like these kids were basing their self-worth based solely on the responses that they received through social media. This is what our younger generation is doing. They are so entrapped by social media and what others think about them. They are more concerned about how many Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook followers they have.

They don’t even know how to communicate without a textual device on their person!

There is something wrong with this picture. What happened to the “good-old days” when kids would stay out till dark playing outside. Or would rather read a novel than shoot up zombies on a video game consul. Now I do admit to liking to play video games, but kids these days are more interested in leveling up their character and less interested in what is going on in the world around them.

But this epidemic of gaining someone’s self-worth through social media isn’t just hitting the younger generation. Today’s college students have found an app that judges someone’s “hotness”. From what I understand you get to judge a person purely on their looks on whether they are “hot” or “not”….why in the world would we want to use an app like this?!?! It promotes the habit of judging someone purely on their looks and what clothing they have on. And frankly I must say this is an appalling thing. We are called to not judge others based on their ethnicity, race, religion, habits, sins, or looks and even if you aren’t a Christian like I am, this is a fundamentally kind thing we all come from different walks of life and have our own sins why would we want to judge them when most of the time we don’t want others judging us(well in most circumstances). We can’t judge a book by it’s color, and we can’t judge a person by what they look like. We also shouldn’t be pining for other’s affections or approval for the actions and choices we make in our day to day lives. We need to do what we have to do to make ourselves proud of our inner selves, not achieve other’s satisfactions.  Now I’m not saying I’m perfect, I know when I’m walking across campus I judge people on their looks and note who I find attractive but everyone does that in their minds….but taking it as far as an app to solely judge others is taking it a little to far.

Your family will always love you through thick and thin. And hopefully, if you haven’t already, you will find that one man or woman who will love you for who you are and what you stand for, but for now let’s cut this “social media acceptance” out of our lives. It’s ok to be on social media and use it to connect with friends and keep in touch, but these posts about “if you like me comment, if you love me like this picture” is ridiculous. God made us all in his image, and that image is glorious. I am officially done ranting, I have said my peace and I will now commence to step off of my “soap box”.

I want to hear other’s opinions on this subject! Please comment! I am now headed to finish some much needed chores…

Talk to ya’ll soon 🙂

Nicole