On Faking It Until You Make It
We have recently become obsessed with authenticity. Critiques about the performative nature of taking photos for Instagram at the gym, at a nice restaurant, indulging in an aspirational hobby are common. Apparently, the performative nature of posting these on Instagram is not authentic enough.
But performance has always been a useful tool to mold yourself into the person you want to be. Improvement, for improvement’s sake, is a positive thing. Posting on Instagram as a tool to keep yourself accountable to a certain lifestyle is effective because humans have a need to be consistent. If you portray yourself in a certain way online — a gym-goer, a reader, a cook — the chances of you actually going through with those behaviors are increasingly higher than if you don’t do that.
There are, of course, some things where faking it until you make it can be harmful, of course. Forcing yourself to be a beacon of positivity by quashing down repressed feelings is not a solution for good mental health. Nor is denying reality as a substitute for seeking help.
However, when it comes to activities, hobbies and interests that you want to pick up, but are struggling to do so — the performative nature of Instagram can be an extremely useful tool. After all, the real alternative to something being performative is often not ‘going to the gym but not posting about it’ — instead, it’s usually ‘not going to the gym at all’.
So embrace your performative self to help you become the person you want to be.
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