Sharing is (not) free
What do you share that shows that you care?
Sharing is caring. That’s what we’ve been told and what we tell ourselves we do everyday. We share thus we care. We share our thoughts, our feelings, our problems and our ideas. We speak them out loud, thinking that we care.
Yet we share so much on social media that shows we actually care very little about others. It primarily shows that we care about ourselves. It shows how good, pretty and successful we are. It is hardly ever used to show how thoughtful, compassionate and kind someone else is.
If you really want to show that you care, there is an argument to be made that you should let go of your ego. That you let go of your identity. That if you really care, you stop caring about the credit, the likes, the retweets and the follows. That if you really care, you don’t post with what’s on your mind, but post something that can improve someone else’s mind.
What if next time you share something, you share it with someone else in mind. What if you share something that will make someone else’s day better? What if you make them think, make them smile, or inspire them to take action (e.g. switch off their phone for a second, for a minute, for an hour, for a day).
All of these are experiments have more potential to improve the life of others than showing off your body, your life and your career to make others feel theirs isn’t perfect.
Sharing never is for free. It always comes at a cost. Make it worth it.