I’ve watch a lot of image centric tumblogs. A lot of them post reply to reader messages publicly. I am honestly a bit taken aback by the amount of people asking, begging and pleading for these blogs to reblog pictures of them. It makes me, honestly a bit uncomfortable. Maybe it is just my western sentimentality but… no. No. I think it is not a good thing.
The Ices Factor
Ices is not vain. While yes, she loves her fans. And yes, she likes to make herself feel pretty with make up and colored weaves etc, her videos are not, “hey everybody look at how hot I am”. What drew me to her initially is she is just unapologetic-ally herself. Her goal is to be the best Ices she can be, and that includes all those things to look pretty and dancing. Now, maybe vanity comes in to it when she starts posting the videos, but she is never, at any point, begging people to watch her. The videos seem more like an expression of self in a social space than a “let me give you guys what I think you want so you’ll tell me what I want to hear, which is that I am the best, and I’m beautiful, etc etc.”
What I mean by Not Vanity
When you are trying to be pretty, or happy, or feel good for yourself, and only yourself, that is Not Vanity. When you are trying to be the best YOU you can be, that is not vanity. When you start caring about how people will think of what you are doing you start teetering on vanity… and this is almost always coupled with negative feelings. Shame, rejection, fear etc, all in YOURSELF! That is wrong. If you manage to let go of your vanity, and just be you, you’ll be a happier person.
I know this is not 100% realistic. So really, what you need to do when you start heading towards vanity is check yourself and recenter. You will get nowhere looking only for the approval of others because in the end their approval is empty if you don’t love yourself first.