“If a man does not have the sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can be lost in the sauce” – a very lit Gucci Mane
What kind of sauce are we talking here, Gucci? Because if it’s the condiment kind then I have an abundance of it in my fridge and cupboards. But if it’s the sauce that I think you’re referring to then I feel like that mine might be waning a little bit……………………………….Or is it?
In 2016, I turned 30. I have a decent job with good prospects, I pay my bills on time, I don’t have overwhelming amounts of debt and my dude is awesome. I don’t own a house or have much in the way of savings. I’m not really any closer to achieving my long term goals and dreams. I have some nice things in my wardrobe but do I have THE sauce? I dunno.
In the age of Social Networking, having a true sense of self is starting to become a challenge. We’re made up of many factors, we’re shaped by our environments and surroundings. We use social media as tools to communicate and share the best parts of our lives with likeminded folk (and as a little ego stroke. its fine, you can admit it, we’re all friends here).
But at what point does it stop being just that? Where do the lines between real life and ‘Gram life blur? Am I even really living if I don’t Uber everywhere whilst eating avocado toast, sipping on caffeinated beverages adorned with foam hearts (barf, who even genuinely likes latte anyway? Any type of milk in coffee is gross IMHO. Except coconut…)? What if I'm not on any PR lists? Have I seen the world if there are no pictures of my feet (white shellac & all) in an infinity pool? Furthermore, can I feel a type of way if young influencers are buying their first homes? Why is everyone telling me to just be me and all my hopes and dreams will come true? I've been being me and I still don't own the LV Pouchette Mettis, fam.
It’s a bit trixy, as my mum would say. Because no matter how hard we try to be your most authentic selves, there’s always that feeling of inadequacy when we compare ourselves to the people in our feeds. I mean, yeah, of course, “be yourself” is the best advice that anyone could ever receive. The trick is to not get lost in another person’s sauce. My mum always told me "Never watch what other people have because you don't know how they got it" *eyeball emoji*.
Your sauce is enough. You are enough.