Updated: Feb 27, 2022
We sat down with Benito (Tiktok Influencer) and talked about authenticity
What 3 tips would you give to your young self?
Well, I feel like one tip that a lot of people would probably give their younger selves is to expand their way of thinking.
Everyone naturally grows up in somewhat of a bubble. Less so now than before because of technology.
The people around us, like the family and friends and school that we go to kind of reinforce that bubble. Then I think everyone kind of gets to the point where they start expanding upon how they think about it.
I wish I could tell my younger self to value the parts of my identity, like mainly race.
I think if you just don't think about it, you end up defaulting to society's worldview. You develop these inherent views of yourself and bring them into adulthood is kind of acknowledging those things and questioning them and seeing that they're wrong. I think that leads to better forms of self-empowerment.
Then lastly, I would tell my younger self to focus on mental health more, that's definitely it.
What are the three things you do to help develop who you are?
The first thing that comes to mind is that I don't do this consistently, but every now and then I try to meditate.
It stops the mind for a second and I think it's a skill to be able to observe one's thoughts and observe the world around them kind of like a third person. I think that's a skill that helps people look at to develop that skill through meditation.
I also try to read or listen to audiobooks to get different perspectives from doing that on different things. That's right to do that pretty often.
I work out as well. I try to do it consistently, but we fail, that's definitely something I tried to do.
What are your thoughts on social media?
My thoughts on social media are that it is just another form of technology.
Let's say the internet is just another form of technology that's developed and then used by humans for good and bad.
We invented planes and we use them for transportation to bomb the cities.
The vehicle is invented and we see people use it for good and for bad and which in some ways is dangerous.
Eventually, we get the rules and we wear seatbelts and we have all of these signs that we made up to.
I think social media get's a lot of hate, and rightfully and I think it is equally as liberating as it is treacherous.
I try to have somewhat of a balanced view on social media because I think it can be harmful to people's mental health.
Cyberbullying and all these things, but at the same time, we get access to information. We get access to things going around the globe and different cultures and food. It connects everyone.
I make content for social media. I keep in mind that it can be harmful, not only to other people but also to myself. Trying to take advantage to enjoy and participate in the ways that it's beneficial.
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