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Social media is a front. I chose to confront that in this project by stirring things up with the brutally honest admission that everyone is broken or struggling in some way and that it’s okay to not be okay.

I was nervous about posting it, but I’m so glad I did. I received support from many unexpected angles. It reinforced my realization that everyone does struggle. People could relate to my post in their own personal, private way – and that’s why I think it got a lot of the likes that I surprised me. Maybe people aren’t brave enough to publicize their own problems, but they might feel good about supporting the cause and encouraging transparency and authenticity by liking the post.

Not only was this a good exercise in pushing me out of my comfort zone by exposing myself in a “risky” way to all my Facebook friends, it was valuable learning experience. The support was a refreshing reminder that we are not alone in our struggles and that social media can be a platform for friends to support an individual. 

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