Internet is a wonderful invention, and thanks to it we could communicate, learn and do things in our own convenience. But sometimes, we become so accustomed with it (and our smartphones) that we forget to function socially.

The reason I stopped sharing in social media was because I didn’t think it’s worth it anymore. It was bad that I keep comparing myself with others’ success. I become less and less grateful for what I have. It didn’t stop me from feeling down even though I know for a fact that what people post online is highly filtered.

I thought my photos were not good enough. Or that it wouldn’t be a big deal if I stop writing. That shutting my blog would mean nothing since I don’t have any readers aside from my friends, and there’s gazillion of travel and self-help blogs out there. I forgot that I’m still learning a lot about photography, and writing, as cliche as it may sound, is my passion. And why I do it is because I just love doing it.

So I stopped updating the world on how cool my life is, and focus on how I’m living instead. Friends asked me why I stopped posting on Instagram or on my blog, and all I could tell them was how I struggled to find my voice in this vast, competitive world.

Having a time off wasn’t bad, actually. It made me stop focusing about others, and just mind my business. I spent more time reading books I’ve wanted to read for a long time. I had a great time hanging out with my loved ones. Finally, I decided to purchase a domain, and create a website entirely my own when I realize that doing things half assed wouldn’t get me anywhere. Life is a work in progress, and to obsessively compare myself to others is a thief of joy.