Forgive me, but I’m writing this to vent a bit. Does anyone else feel like we’ve become too self-promoting? Everyone seems to be selling something! It’s impossible to watch television without more commercials than show. Our emails are burdened with promotions: news articles, doctor’s advice, “how to” sites… Almost everywhere we turn, someone is selling something, or they want to “SHARE” and want us to share in return. We are inundated with too much information, and it comes at a cost.
How did we slide into being such a self-absorbed country?
Looking back, we weren’t always this bad. Now it’s all about what can you do for me? LOOK AT ME, or look at me while you buy this product. Even though marketing and advertising has been the basis of my modeling career for the last 38 years, I’ve grown sick of it. Ads are everywhere we look as are TV shows that highlight the worst of human nature for all the world to see. Reality shows are all about “look at me.” People have become famous for the television show they’re on rather than for their talent, and companies hire people to represent their products based on how many “Friends” they have.
I’ve started feeling guilty if I spend too much time on social media. For starters, considering what I did for a living—its hard for me to have pictures out there that say, “look at me.” In addition, social media burns up too much of my day. I have better things to do like enjoying nature and long walks; finding people to engage with and writing articles that really help people… with no strings attached! I want to feel useful, not be self-absorbed.
When I was in Italy recently, there were too many people with selfie sticks, taking photos in front of everything. It ruined those places for me, and I didn’t want my photo taken at all. Out of the hundreds of photos I took, I may be in four pictures, and I didn’t buy a selfie stick, although they were for sale all around me. I was more interested in the historical treasure I was visiting and reading about the history, than taking a photo in front of it.
For years, I’ve sent out newsletters and now, blogs. I just want to share what I’ve learned in my years of working and meeting interesting people. Sure, I could find things to promote, but I want to encourage you to go out and make a difference in someone else’s life, and find ways to be less involved with yourself! Ciao!