Social Media Facade (Poem)
I keep them laughing,
They all think that I'm doing okay,
So many wished for the life of me,
The face behind my profile picture isn't what they see,
Smiley emojis that hide my frown,
But when I'm off social media my world comes tumbling down,
You see, having many followers doesn't mean I'm not alone,
In the real world, I have struggles of my own.
Likes, comments, thousands of shares,
I wish I knew someone that truly cares,
Social media is just a highlight reel,
These happy moments are only a cover-up of what I try to conceal,
Of all the people I make happy, I'm the one who is sad,
There isn't one to make me glad,
Yes, Influencers have their insecurities too and,
They're real people like the rest of you!
“Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.”
I wrote this poem after learning about a popular influencer who committed suicide. Depression is real and it looks right in your face. It's at your church! It's at your school! It's at work! It could be at your house! It's everywhere. A pleasant smile doesn't always mean that all is well. This influencer was fighting her own battles, but her hundreds of fans didn't know.
She was always happy online, laughing and dancing in her videos. She was a beautiful spirit that touched the hearts of thousands. The lesson in this poem is that social media doesn't always tell a person's reality. It's sometimes a highlight reel.
Don't ever believe all that you see online. There are many broken people behind filters and profile pictures. An active online presence doesn't mean that all is well. Before you assume that someone is okay. Take the time to reach out and see if they are doing okay.
“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”
Suicide was behind one in every 100 deaths globally in 2019, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 700,000 people died by suicide in that year alone – exceeding the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), malaria, breast cancer, war, and murder.
Suicide rates are falling, however, decreasing by 36% between 2000 and 2019. Nevertheless, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds – behind road injuries, tuberculosis, and "interpersonal violence"
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