Reclaiming Facebook

By Jess Reedy, Guest Blogger October 7, 2015

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Don’t get me wrong… I’m a tough chic. I can overcome obstacles, handle disappointment, maneuver a hard situation, and tackle life on my own. I’m a badass.

However, when it comes to human rights and injustices, I’m about as frail as they come. I’m sensitive when it comes to the well being of people. And ya know what? It’s one of my favorite qualities about myself. I remember trying to explain to my mom how I felt after taking a tour of a rape crisis facility. It was days later and I was still in a fog. I told her I had an “emotional hangover.” I just wanted to be in my bed, I wanted to be alone, and I wanted to have a pity party while I processed this new information. I’ve always been this way, and I think throughout the years I have learned how to navigate these feelings and to protect myself.

Still, there is one thing that can really throw me for a loop; Facebook.

That feeling of being bombarded by harassing images while you’re sipping your morning coffee, expecting to see cute pictures of your BFF’s baby. Or when you have to first navigate through everyone’s political views before you can tag someone in a fun beach photo. Let’s face it, Facebook has become a platform from some pretty bold statuses and shared articles. It can be really hard to avoid, and is often overwhelming.

 Facebook has become a platform from some pretty bold statuses and shared articles. It can be really hard to avoid, and is often overwhelming.

This has become a common conversation topic amongst my IATG chapter and our friends lately, which has given me comfort in knowing that I’m not alone in this feeling. And while it is healthy to be presented with views opposing our own (it helps us better understand our own beliefs) sometimes we need to have a little more control over when and where these messages can find us.

So, if you're like me and you're feeling overwhelmed by social media at the moment, feel free to borrow my Facebook post! You can address it to one person specifically and share in a message, or to your entire Facebook audience by posting it as a status. I hope it works for you. 

Dear ____________________,

You’re bold and you’re feisty and I’m so glad we’re friends. Although we may not agree on some things, I just want you to know I still love you. In fact, I love all people to the point that sometimes I feel like my heart could explode. For this reason, I might unfollow some social media accounts, but please don’t take it personally. I’m just protecting my time, my vibes, my thoughts, and this big old heart of mine.


Bring on the buzzfeed videos! Wishing you happier news feeds in the days ahead!

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About Jess

JESS_REEDY_writer_bio.jpgJess is a business owner and IATG chapter leader in Wilmington NC where she teaches yoga and pottery. She loves the beach, her dog, and people who feel like soul sisters. She also considers herself a professional at brunch.



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