10 Things People who are Obsessed with Instagram Will Understand
Getting addicted to Facebook or Twitter is a usual struggle that doesn't really require much discussion. But when we talk about Instagram obsession, that's when things get a bit complicated and even more interesting. The fascination with this photo-sharing slash video-sharing slash social networking app has been unreal since it got released back in 2010. Top it off with photo-editing apps like VSCO and Snapseed, people have become more addicted to having a rad-looking Instagram feed. But every grammer knows that having feed goals comes with struggles. Here are things people who are obsessed with Instagram will understand:
- Choosing a filter takes 2748393 years.
An Instagram-obsessed person chooses her filter so carefully as if her life depends on it. The indecisiveness gets so real that it almost takes her a life time to find the right filter for her photo. It's just not going to pass if it doesn't look good on the feed.
- Natural lighting is a necessity.
Shooting an important photo in the dark is a big no-no. You either capture it in natural lighting or you just don't. Some photos taken in a dark setting can't be remedied by photo-editing apps so a grammer has learned to just avoid taking pictures in the dark.
- Finding a clean, crisp wall is a struggle.
Where else would you shoot your OOTDs if there's no clean, crisp wall in sight? Nowhere! An IG expert knows that you need to scout well for the perfect background. The background of your photo is very important because it should complement the main subject of your photograph. If it doesn't, it's a fail.
- Convincing someone to take your photo is kind of hard at times.
Sometimes you just wanna hire some specifically to take your photos for Instagram just to end the dilemma. When you're alone and your look slays and the location is perfect but no one is there to take the photo, it makes you wanna cry in the corner. Asking strangers to take photos of you is just awkward and weird.
- Your food becomes cold because you took long taking photos of it.
It's honestly such a waste to have turned your food cold just because you've lost control in taking photos of it. Oh, the things we do for Instagram... even bearing with cold food is part of the sacrifice!
- Writing a witty caption is part of the problem.
Great photo? check. A caption to go with it?Uhm, let me get back to that. You see getting into Instagram is a creative process; the captions give more meaning to the photo. It’s like an important piece to the puzzle, you just have to write something that will perfectly fit.
- Photo-editing apps also take over your life.
Anything Instagram-worthy is not complete without a killer edit which is why the obsession with Instagram also transcends to the obsession with photo-editing apps. It takes up storage but ANYTHING FOR THE GRAM!
- You often delete and reupload.
And the chronicles of indecisiveness continues… There are times wherein you're unsure with how a photo looks on your feed. You've looked at it twice, thrice and it still irks you so you tend to delete it, improve the edits and reupload it once again. And you repeat this process until you're happy. Don’t deny it!
- Having someone hack your IG is the worst.
We all have that one friend (or more) that mocks our Instagram addiction and they hack your account just to annoy you. They post silly, unedited selfies or some random stuff that instantly ruins your feed. Such friends, right?
- It secretly breaks your heart when you get less likes.
When you exert so much effort in posting awesome photographs to your feed and it doesn't get the likes it deserves, it's honestly a bit heartbreaking. You feel like you haven't lived up well to your grammer status. But you just bounce back to your next post to finally regain your love for the gram.
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"Today, I Won"
I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.
When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.
For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.
After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.
It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.
To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.
Why our high school barkada is the best?
Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.
Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:
1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.
2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.
3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.
4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.
5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.
6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.
7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
Here we are — with rough hands entwined, damned hearts at peace, broken souls resting with ease —savoring each passing moment before we part ways...hoping things will turn out to be okay. Here we are — standing still, keeping our earnest desire and ardent passion for each other at bay — hoping the Universe will finally grant us of the day that we no longer have to pretend... that things will no longer have to end.
Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.