I want to break free
‘Why I Want My Daughter To #Breakfree From Likes’
As part of our #BREAKFREE from Likes campaign, one mother writes to her daughter - and explains why being 'liked' will hold her back...
There’s something you should know: I like you.
It’s handy really. We’re inextricably linked by DNA and stretch marks, it would be awkward if I didn’t. That said, whilst ‘like’ is nice and ‘love’ will last forever, there may come a time when the feeling isn’t mutual. I see that already, whenever I sing or dance in public. You’re seven, and you’ve got that eye-rolldown.
The thing you should know – what I’m trying, awkwardly, to say – is this. Being liked is not a pre-requisite in life. It’s not required to breathe. In some cases, it’s just a bonus. Like the extra dollop of ice cream on an already over flowing cone.
Whether we are born this way or learn it as we go, we all try to be liked. We seek external validationjust to function, day after day. In school, at work, through family gatherings – surrounded by second cousins, twice removed. But social media makes it worse.
Because, when my Instagram posts of avocado on toast go unnoticed by The Cool People Of The Internet, it feels like a kick in the teeth.
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