When you’re looking for photos of yourself to post on your blog or Facebook page, do you ever reject any? And if you do, what don’t you like about them?
I often reject photos that show too many of my wrinkles. “That one makes me look old,” I say. I also don’t like photos of myself with uncomfortable smiles. They make me look old too. Yes, I’m very picky when it comes to photos. I’m concerned about my image. I want people to think I’m youngish and not-too-bad looking. (Unfortunately, there’s no fooling my ‘real life’ friends. They can see me as I really am.)
I wonder if most of us have at least a few concerns about our appearance and how others perceive us. Or perhaps it’s just me.
I’m thinking about my appearance and what other people might think of it because I’ve been making some videos recently. I’ve been putting myself in front of the camera where everyone can see me just as I am. And that’s a bit scary. “Do I really want to do this?” I asked myself just before I did it. “What will everyone think when they realise I’m getting old? Will they not want to know me anymore?”
But I’m trying to let go of such worries. I realise that if I do worry about what other people might think, I could miss out on all kinds of interesting experiences… like making videos. I’m really enjoying being in front of the camera. It’s a new challenge. What does it matter what I look like? Anyway, probably viewers aren’t thinking half the things I imagine they’re thinking. Sometimes our worries only exist within our heads.
I talk about ageing, appearance and associated insecurities in this week’s podcast.
In episode 72, I also talk about:
- video making
- resources which might spark off some new learning experiences if life is a bit quiet
I also ponder a few unschooling questions such as:
- Are some kids so resourceful they have no need of basic skills?
My It’s Not a Periscope videos
Imogen’s video: The Sound of Silence
Iceland and Volcanoes
Ultimate Journeys: Iceland
BBC – Volcano Live, Iceland Erupts: A Volcano Live Special
National Geographic Kids: 17 explosive facts about volcanoes!
Images: Sophie took these photos of me on my last birthday.
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