I’m Not Going to Instagram Us

I’m not going exploit us

we are so much more beautiful than

the petty posts we could ever publish to social media sites


i want to spend our time in the moment, 

not trying to capture it


i’m not trying to prove us

to anyone

and i don’t think anyone else

needs to be fed photo after photo 

if they are not wholly genuine

they already talk about what the see

and what they read about me on the internet

why give them more?

we don’t need to take

overly posed

entirely reproduced

photos just to show other people who we are

we are already all that we need to be


when i am with you, 

it is everything i want

i’m not going to make you feel like a poster child

to my dating life

and i’m not going to make you stop living

to remember living

and maybe,

here and there, 

there will be a few photos of you, scattered throughout

because the world should know how incredibly vibrant you are

but i want those few, shared moments to be just that




there is more elegance in living memories with you

and capturing them, candidly

because you are so radiant when you don’t know anyone is looking

we are so much more lively than the internet

and you mean more to me than any series of photos i could ever

submerge to the world

This piece has been published on Thought Catalog. You can view the published version here

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