This week, ALA Alum led by the class of 2011, carried out the first ever #ALAThrowbacks. Essentially, it was a social media movement that revealed exposed past statuses and photos. You know those embarrassing photos you take when you are like 12, the selfies with apples in your mouth, the Charlie’s Angels pose with your best friends, the awkward color combination you have on while listening to music. Those are the pictures that were dug up.
It was funny.
It was funny because obviously, we have all grown up from the person we were when those pictures were taken. However, for me, it was a fun throwback kind of thing. It was a picture that helped me learn more about my peers and alum from ALA. It was some sort of a bonding process because I would join forces commenting on a bad picture with someone I don’t know but I have heard about. It was fun because this past week, I went to bed laughing before the internet was cut off at 12am. It was fun.
However, “trust ALA students to make a ‘cause’ out of ‘nothing’” someone commented when I Am Not My Profile Picture was created. This photo movement on Facebook aims to “Free people of their insecurities around body image and how they are perceived. [They are] a supporting community of individuals who promote self-love.”
In order to take part of this challenge, you change your Facebook profile picture to your embarrassing photo with the blindfold (found below) then caption your photo with a little description with why you are not your profile picture. This description involves what the person has become since the photo was taken.
I disagree though. You are your profile picture at any point in time. You are the child with “bad” eating habits who allowed someone to take a picture of them as you put it on Facebook then. You are the boy who once relied on sickness to lose weight then. You are your past. You have grown up from it and kudos to you. Don’t deny your previous profile pictures because you were that person once upon a time. Even if you look “ratchet” with horrible photo editing skills. It is allowed.
“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.”
You are your profile picture.