Getting “Likes”

We share bits and pieces of our lives for different reasons on social media platforms. Some of us do it for vanity reason, while others do it simply because they are more into the actual experience of the process. Regardless of the reason why we decide to put a selfie, a tweet, a blog post or, a Facebook status update on our various public social media platforms, we all have to face one foreseeable outcome, from which none of us can escape, that is the number of Likes or thumbs-ups we will be given by whoever that happens to come across our personal creativities, sensory perspectives and, cerebral innovations.

As it is often the case, the number of Likes or Thumbs-ups can massively impact the experience of our social media sharing. As the policies of the social media landscape continue to evolve and adjust, according to the demands and advocacies of its users, it almost seems like getting a substantial amount of Likes or Thumbs-ups requires just as much of our brainpower, and creativity as it does in us coming up with the sharing content in the first place; under certain circumstances, even shamelessness is needed to attract, amplify and secure popularity in the cyber communal space.

In a sea of Like-seekers, not everyone is sharing for flaunting personal privileges and provoking jealousy in others. Some, in fact, a lot of people, are in this game of sharing, because they do have something sincere and genuine to share. In sharing their life experiences, instead of inciting a negative reaction in others, they know that their lived life’s bits and pieces will motivate, encourage and inspire others, who are in a dire situation. As much as it is not healthy to measure one’s self-worth with the number of Likes received in the cyber communal space; that being said, in the microcosmic reality online, a few Likes can, at times, be proven to be just what is needed by those, who feel abandoned by the real world at large.

What Makes A Place Feel Like Home?

Does concrete jungle make a place feel like home? To some, the answer is yes. To me? Not entirely. Does strong economic growth make a place look like home? To some, the answer is still yes. To me? Not completely. In my opinion, what makes a place feel like home is ultimately measured and determined by something intriguing yet mysterious that can only be felt from within our body and mind. A sense of profound knowing that lets us know, intuitively, that though we just set foot on the soil of a particular place; however, all the elements and surroundings have already convinced us successfully into murmuring to ourselves in our heart and head, “I think that I am home.”

When I was young, I thought that I only had one home. My home was the place, where my family lived and slept. Now as an adult, I have realized that home should not be only restricted to the conventional parameter of the confine of family living space, but it has more to do with where my heart is and feels at ease the most. It is the heart that makes a place feel and look like home. After all, it is responsible for producing a sense of belonging; a subtlety that can only be felt to understand its realness, depth and profundity.