The aspects of my identity that are visible are that I love my family, boyfriend, animals, and nature. It would be easy to tell those things just by looking at my photos. However, they dont show what my personality is like, or my fears or aspirations. Pictures only capture a single moment, and selfies only show what you want others to see.
These selfies are important to how others see me because, I wanted to take these so I could look back on moments in my life. Like most selfies, they were intended to be seen by others, whether its friends or family, or instagram followers. Having social media accounts means wanting to, or feeling pressure to show people parts of your life. It can make you more self conscious about how you portray yourself and what others will think. This is different from older generations because they didnt have the same social pressures to alter or hide parts of their identities on social media, they lived more in the moment instead of trying to show their whole identity in a selfy.
Everyone has an identity that is unique to them. I want to look past stereotypes and single stories so that I can see the parts of peoples identities that they allow me to. I think it is important to try to make honest human connections with people and I hope to do that with the kids I meet through service learning.