With everything that seems to be going wrong in the world today…from the natural disasters, the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, and all of the many things that Donald Trump has done horribly wrong…it’s difficult to find solace, especially on social media. Social media is the safe haven and go-to for many of us (don’t be ashamed to say it) and we all have some sort of robust relationship with it… however, social media has become a widespread platform of easily accessible hate and negativity (this is inevitable). But, don’t fret! In the midst of it all, I have found satisfying refuge on some of our favorite public figures social media pages. I say all of that to say this, with everything troubling going on in the world and the challenges that we all face in our personal lives, we need to make it our mission to soak in as much positivity as we can online. Below are some inspiring public figures with inspiring social media pages.
Great words of wisdom come at no specific age. I am constantly enlightened by Black-ish star Yara Shahidi’s philanthropic work and words of inspiration.
* Learning about and appreciating the women in history that have paved the way for us all is very important. *
In a speech with Glamour:
“Women have continued to march forward to make space for future generations...education happens when we connect what we learn in the classroom to the world around us; when we ground ourselves in the history of the fierce females before us and the fierce females around us who have set precedent for our potential..because it’s their story that serves as a constant inspiration and a reminder of where I come from. It’s where we come from.”
Orange is the New Black and How To Get Away With Murder star Matt McGorry is always giving out some uplifting words. Everyone can learn a thing or two about educating yourself as well as activism from this guy! (He gives out a lot of great book suggestions on his Instagram page).
*Working on becoming a better you should be a never-ending job*
In the article “Good Men” and Harvey Weinstein written by McGorry on Medium.com:
"If we narrowly define ourselves as either a “good man” or a “bad man,” we fail to address the more important goal: becoming a “better man.” Although we cannot control where we started, we can control where we go. We can challenge our own beliefs. We can ask ourselves what it means to be a moral man? To have integrity?
Big hair and an even bigger personality is just a small fraction of the things that we love about Tracee Ellis-Ross. She is constantly dishing out helpful words that can help impact our lives.
*Have an unconditional relationship with yourself as you are now*
In Tracee’s interview with Huffington Post:
“This quote changed the direction of my life honestly: ‘Right now, can you make an unconditional relationship with yourself? Just at the height, you are? The weight you are? With the intelligence that you have? And your current burden of pain? Can you enter into an unconditional relationship with that?’
And it changed the course of my life because I felt like so often it’s, ‘How can I be something other than I am?’ There’s a lot of ways that I make myself happy and I think, for me, happiness is not always the goal, but joy more. Happy is sometimes is a little fleeting for me and I think we can be as happy as we make our minds up to be. It was said to me, and it made me roll my eyes, ‘It’s about the journey.’ But it really is.”
One of my favorite people to quote from is Rob Hill Sr. He inspires and encourages positive love through words.
*Know what your heart deserves*
Founder of SprinkleofJesus.com, Dana Chanel, not only gives spiritual words of wisdom but she is also a good person to follow if you are an entrepreneur/business owner and need some enlightening words to keep you going...
*Don’t settle for their offer...be able to negotiate your own life*
Via @danachanel on Instagram:
“I feel like God is calling me to become a better negotiator in my life. I would sit down at the table with the devil and he would out negotiate me. When someone comes and wants to offer you something and you don’t have a counteroffer, you end up settling for what they put on the table.”
Body positivity is always important. Plus size model Ashley Graham, Orange is the New Black's Danielle Brooks, and Empire's Gabourey Sidibe are always gem dropping on their platforms about loving yourself and your body the way that it is. Their confidence has inspired confidence and courage in girls of different ages, shapes, shades, and sizes around the world.
*You, in all of your glory, are BEAUTIFUL*
In Gabourey Sidibe’s memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare:
"I could lose weight. That is a fact. But I am dope at any and every size. I am smart. I am funny. I am talented. I am gorgeous. I am black. I am fat. Sometimes I’m a bitch. At all times, I am a bad bitch. (The word bitch is pretty confusing, right?)"
Via a video posted on Instagram @Daniebb3:
“I just left the gym, and as most people know I take my shirt off when I go to the gym. I had my shirt off and this lady walks in and she looked great with her shirt off. So immediately I’m like, ‘Oh no.’ I started to lose my confidence.
I realized I’m comparing myself to this woman, and I was like, ‘Why just two minutes ago I was feeling great and now I’m not?’ And I realized the reason I was feeling so great was because I was comparing myself to yesterday’s Danielle,” she continues. “And today’s Danielle is better than yesterday’s. That’s why I felt so good. Ladies, don’t compare yourself to nobody...just be a better you.”
In Ashley Graham’s speech with Glamour:
“What I know now is that my heart of power is not my beaut...but my willingness to share my deepest vulnerabilities with all of you. When you share your deepest vulnerabilities with the people next to you, you tell her what makes you feel the most insecure...it makes you feel so much better. It’s going to take you out of that insecurity and it’s going to say, “here it is on the table,” and it’s going to help you get over whatever it is you’re going through.”
DJ Khaled is the king of motivation. If you follow him on any of his social media pages, one thing you can not say is that you don’t feel inspired while looking at his videos/pictures. He gives us the “major keys of life and tips on how to prosper when “they don’t want you to win.”
*Success comes after you go hard and work hard*
Via DJ Khaled’s Snapchat @djkhaled305:
“When you stop making excuses and you work hard and go hard...you will be very successful”
Zendaya is another young lady who uses her social media platform to inspire and motivate her followers.
*Don’t lower your standards for anyone*
Via @Zendaya on Instagram and Twitter:
“I have standards I don’t plan on lowering for anybody… including myself.”
In this chaotic world, make an effort to follow social media accounts that inspire you. Seeing more positive things on social media than negative ones has positive results on our attitudes and behaviors. Do yourself a favor and follow more people that inspire and motivate you!