Got an eight-year time-lapse video of a teenager today in my WhatsApp group. He embarked on a project in 2008 when he was 12 years old. He clicked a selfie everyday for more than eight years now. Today, he is 20 years old. The video shows a walk through of the eight years gone by in this youngster’s life. But the comments that followed on my group projected Selfie as an act of narcissism!

Why should Selfies be considered that way beats me? Of course, that is a feeling one gets even while reading news about Selfie mishaps. Now, Selfies to my mind are liberating. We don’t need anyone to click a Selfie. We decide the setting, the pose, and the effect. Actually we know exactly how we will look! 

Come to think of it a Selfie is not just a projection of you now, in the present. It is how you imagine yourself and to click a selfie would mean you are imagining yourself in a particular way. 

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will”, wrote George Bernard Shaw.

If a Selfie can help stoke your imagination then it’s probably the best thing to happen. Imagine yourself as a successful entrepreneur, singer, actor, musician, painter or a career comedian. Go click, click, click and make it happen. 

And let’s not forget that there are always two sides to a coin. Every creation can be used or abused. The choice really is ours. So next time you decide to click a selfie – get imaginative. 

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One thought on “Selfie-made!

  1. I would not say that many selfies are an act of narcissism although in many instances it is an act of vanity whether it be one individual or a group. The selfie does serve to record a piece of our individual and collective histories as does any camera. I much prefer to take photographs of the places I have visited, thus giving purpose not to the fact that I have been three but that I found importance in reminders to memories. I view it as the recording of a small part of history.

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