The Good and the Bad of Life Without Instagram

Sup y’all! It’s been half a year since I deleted Instagram from my life. Yep, I’m still here. Still alive! Just not documenting every little bit of my life. Been living more “in the moment” rather than “capturing moments”. Not that I’m not taking any pictures at all; I’m just significantly less obsessed with it than I was before.

I’ve found that I:

  1. am able to do things and go places without the sole intent of posting a flashy photo of it.
  2. spend considerably less time on my phone (thus, a much longer battery life lol!)
  3. am able to live and enjoy my life just the way it is without comparing it to what I would see on a news feed.
Kids I gave a high five to in Batad, Philippines

Kids I gave a high five to in Batad, Philippines

I was re-reading the post I made about why I deleted Instagram in the first place (If you haven't seen that post, click here and it will open in a new window), and I realized that I left out one of the biggest reasons I deleted it. I mean, yeah external validation/self-comparisions/endless time spent on it are some pretty big reasons why I deleted it but it was also because my obsession with “doing it for the gram” truly affected the way I was traveling. I would go somewhere absolutely breathtaking and spend countless hours being a self-timer queen and not enough time admiring the beauty. I would look back on an experience and realize that I didn’t stop to smell the roses or that I missed an opportunity to have a fun conversation with the locals. That’s when I decided that I wanted to be more mindful and present in the now.

Sweet little lady I bought banana's from in Bali, Indonesia

Sweet little lady I bought banana's from in Bali, Indonesia

I just listed a few pro's to deleting IG, but there are also a few con's to not having IG.

  1. Being the last to find out about milestones in friends and fam life (i.e. engagements, birth, etc).
  2. Missing the opportunity to connect with strangers.

When I first moved from California to Hawaii I did not know a single person. I met most of my friends through Instagram! And when I went backpacking through SE Asia, I met up with a ton of people from around the world that I met on Instagram! Instagram has made it easy for me to connect with amazing souls when I move and travel. It is for this particular reason I may reactivate my account at some point in the future (AKA when I move to Kauai). If you haven't seen my post about "How Instagram played a big part in my move to Hawaii, click here and it'll open up in a new window.

Afternoon picnic in the garden with Captain (Native Laotian) and Sebastian (guest at the guesthouse I was volunteering at). Kasi, Laos

Afternoon picnic in the garden with Captain (Native Laotian) and Sebastian (guest at the guesthouse I was volunteering at). Kasi, Laos

I’m currently living in California and planning to move back to Hawaii but a different island where I barely know anyone there. It’s been a nice six-month break from IG; I was able to slow life down, open my eyes to bigger pictures, and just enjoy the ride. If and when I go back on, I’ll be doing it differently. I won’t forget all the lessons I’ve learned and reasons why I went on with life without it, but I do want to allow myself the opportunity to meet and connect with more kind and genuine people through that pesky lil app.

My absolute favorite place in the whole entire world Hawaii, USA

My absolute favorite place in the whole entire world Hawaii, USA

After all, life is all about balance right? :)

XOXO MEL

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