Selfie to selfless

Selfies have taken over the world. Every time I turn on my computer there’s another one. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, you name a social media site (with the exception of professional sites) you will find a selfie. They are so prominent that we are being called the selfie generation. There is even a TV show and a song by the name of Selfie. I’m tired of being associated with this label.

Don’t get me wrong; I have taken a selfie or two in my day and I’m not trying to rip apart anyone who takes a selfie. It’s more than that.

Selfie is defined as a photograph that one has taken of oneself, but to me it suggests more. It suggests self-centeredness and narcissism.

What ever happened to the days of neighbors sharing brotherly love and having real conversations with people? There used to be a time when you could just sit down with a person to share stories about life and establish a bond.

We worry more about what we have going on in our life and couldn’t care less about what’s going on in the lives of the people around us. I do it frequently. A person could sit down with me to talk over a meal in the cafeteria, and I will be more worried about getting home to play my video games or do my homework. As important as homework is, people are ultimately more important.

We need to make time in our everyday life to talk to people. I have decided to challenge myself to be intentional about putting my wants aside and focus more on the dreams, needs and all-around story of people around me. I implore you to do the same. Not just the people you already know, but the ones you see everyday and have never said a word to because you were too caught up in what was going on with yourself.

Together, we can turn this selfie generation into a selfless generation.