Shameless self-promotion for a higher cause

So, a few days ago, I was trying to take a good selfie and it ended up being 14 pictures of me, until I decided that I looked worse on every following photo and that got me thinking. How horrible it is that we try so very hard to try and look good on a picture that usually doesn’t even end up looking like us so that we deem it acceptable to post on social media. Why? Well, to impress other people who we believe are so much better because they too take 20 pictures and post that perfect one, also making others believe that they just are perfect like that. 

So I came up with an idea to do something about it and started an Instagram campaign called #dailybadselfie where I made a pledge, to post a selfie that I would have otherwise probably never posted because I didn’t like it. Post one selfie? Big Woop. No, the campaign will contain of at least one selfie a day, every day, for the next 100 days. That means at least 100 pictures of me that would sooner make me cringe than smile. Ok, so the personal purpose of this campaign is to push myself one step further out of my comfort zone, but the higher cause is to let people relax a bit. I wish to show the world that we don’t need to look good on a picture, to feel good about ourselves. Because pictures are just that, pictures. They don’t show who we are, what we feel and what we believe in, they just show what we look like in a single moment in time. We all need to take a breath, relax, and stop trying so hard.

I realize that self-love is a real issue today because there’s so many people out there trying to be someone they’re not to impress people they believe are “cool”, so to everybody that ever doubted if they’re good enough: “You are, now stop trying so hard and be you”. I know this has been said over and over again but there’s nobody that can be a better you than you can, so why the heck are you even considering trying to be someone else? So please, just be you. Be your goofy, funny self and if someone doesn’t like it, well, that’s not really any of your business. If not for any other reason, do it so that you can inspire another person to believe in themselves. That’s a worthy cause, right?

So here’s what you can do. The campaign is taking place on Instagram and you can view all the selfies on the profile @thenejcoblak. If you want to be a part of the campaign, post a horrible selfie of yourself and use the hashtag #dailybadselfie. If you would like me to share your picture, tag me in your photo and it would be my absolute pleasure to have you along on this journey.

With (self)love,


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