Observations on Instagram and resilience

Having worked in cybersecurity I’m well aware of the negative aspects of social platforms and that’s why I’ve been staying away.  But when I joined the Professional Speaking Association and won the regional Speaker Factor, I had to rethink. Simply because there’s no such thing as a public speaker without any social media presence. I decided to open an Instagram account.

Ah. Lots of pretty things there. Pretty and cute, like cats. But cats are not my favourite animals. Sheep are. Any sheep here? To me, the kindness, generosity and social aspect of being a sheep are endearing.

It’s so lovely that you would go through the trouble of growing clothes for people on your own back. And then ewe would trust some person with an electric gadget to harvest it. And then grow more. Sheep are the unsung heros of the sustainable world.

In awe of ewe, I now start my day from a quick glimpse at what’s happening in the sheep world. Of course, I should be saying much more high-brow things in a blog. But… have yourself a very little look at Black Nose Valais, my favourite breed. Can you see my point now?

As a motivational speaker on resilience I’m often asked how it’s done on a day-to-day basis. I think that first you make the decision to pursue your dream and not to give up. You decide to learn from challenges and get stronger in the process. This decision alone already gets you half-way there. Your first step must be to set yourself up for success.

But what to do when you get depressed? When you cannot see the progress? When the obstacles feel too big to overcome? It’s easy to give up then – but that’s not what you’re going to do. Giving up is too easy and that’s not who you are. At moments like that, you may feel you’ve failed. In reality, you’ve only failed when you stop trying. Careful there though: don’t confuse “trying” with “being mean to yourself”. You are an amazing person and an amazing person deserves to be treated well.

So while you’re in the process of resilience, treat yourself well. Because if you don’t, you’ll end up too exhausted to enjoy what you’ve achieved. And that will annihilate the  whole effort. That’s why you should schedule regular top-up breaks. By top-up breaks I mean a big deep breath and a chuckle.

See sheep if they’re your thing. As Arnbeg Farm says on Instagram, “animals are natural antidepressants”. If you can’t have one or you can’t travel to see one, it appears to work really well just to watch them on screen.


Beatrice Freeman is a motivational  keynote speaker on resilience. Her knowledge is first-hand; the challenges she’s overcome inspire to take action and make your own life more fulfilling. Book her to speak at your event with  A-Speakers or Great British Speakers.


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