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Tips For Keeping It Real On Social Media As An Equestrian

Taylor Bodson: Keeping It Real On Social Media As An Equestrian

It’s funny… there are days where I want to completely wipe my Instagram feed and start over, just so I can make it look super professional and aesthetically pleasing like other top bloggers out there. But then I think about how I’d be erasing over a year’s worth of memories… my trials and tribulations with Donny. All of our ups, downs and plateaus. I shake it off and remind myself that I took most of those photos. And if not me, most likely my mom, husband or one of my friends. Each one represents a piece of my personal life, snagged from a second in time, that I chose to share with the world.

So no, my account may not be professional, but it’s real. That’s why it’s so special to me, and why I’ll never start over.

I think in this day and age it’s really tough as a teenager/young adult to form an identity on social media. I mean, take a look at all of the finsta accounts. Kids are making private “fake Instagram” accounts which they only share with their closest friends. They’re unedited, true portrayals of themselves, their thoughts and feelings. How terrible for the need to have a backup account where you can be yourself while meticulously crafting your main one to be picture perfect.

I get it – it took me a long time to find myself and become comfortable in my own skin. I thought I had to fit a certain mold… my issue was I had way too many interests to fit into a general stereotype. How could I like preppy clothing AND punk rock? How could I ride AND like skiing and skateboarding? I felt like I was a walking contradiction for the longest time. I loved my Converse just as much as my Jack Rogers and silly, insignificant things like that made me feel like I didn’t fit in.

As I grew up, I learned that I could wear what I wanted to wear, listen to what I was in the mood for, and do whatever activities interested me and I had time for. Liking an array of genres and having varied interests was great, not something to make me feel lost. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself that – I would have saved myself (and my mom) so many long, angsty teenage conversations.

Live and learn! For those of you looking to follow my lead, here are my top three tips for keeping it real on social media as an equestrian:

1. Be Yourself

Embrace who you are and what you love. I like to think that when you’re authentic, you open a door. People inherently know what’s real and attainable versus what has three filters thrown on before being posted. You don’t need a filter for your everyday life, it’s wonderful just the way it is. Try to translate that to your social media accounts and I think you’ll find it’s honestly so refreshing.

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2. Be Perfectly Imperfect

To me, my Instagram account tells a story. It may not be comprised of hi-res, picture perfect photos and witty captions, but it’s a genuine depiction of my day-to-day with this goofy, wonderful animal of mine. I love that there are people that are actually interested in our journey. It makes me feel like I’m not alone and have a place to turn if I’m hitting a rough patch. It’s also a place where I’ve become excited to share my highlights.

3. Be Positive

Being authentic also means being vulnerable – I think if you open up you need to brace yourself for the occasional troll. I’ve been lucky that 99% of my shares on IG have been met with positive response – but I know of others who haven’t had the same experience. My advice? ALWAYS take the high road. By stooping to their level you just give them what they came looking for: a fight. Either block them or delete the comment – there isn’t a need to start a comment war that ultimately leads to nowhere.

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    Jennifer Ward
    January 12, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Hi!

    I really like this post. I think it’s so important to be completely authentic and to share our imperfections on social media. If social media accounts are idealistic, perfectionist portrayals, it gives others such a false sense of reality. If people truly believe that having horses and having lots of followers, lots of nice clothes, fancy tack, etc. makes you happy and complete based on the way it is portrayed on social media, then they will either feel miserable knowing they don’t have those things, or feel completely lost when they get there and it’s not enough. It’s a beautiful thing to share our lives with people all over the world, it’s exceptionally beautiful when we share those lives authentically, vulnerably, and imperfectly.

    Best,
    Jenn

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