On the other hand, influencers can have a negative impact on our mood or character. For me, unfollowing Donald Trump on Twitter was the best decision I have made. Removing something that would only anger me every time I opened the app and replacing it with cute dog pictures has made me a happier person. Just like removing a toxic person from your life, unfollowing negative influences online are just as important.
One influencer that I look up to as a runner is Alexi Pappas. Alexi is an Olympic runner and movie producer who calls her followers “bravies.” Her uplifting online presence and unique poems inspire young girls to face their fears and go after their goals. Negative body image and eating disorders are common among many high school girl runners but are often not discussed.
Alexi Pappas handles the subject with grace and encourages her followers to be as kind to themselves as they are hard on themselves. One of my favorite Alexi Pappas quotes taped to my mirror in the bathroom that says:
“Headed to the moon,
not now, but soon.”
Influencers are everywhere, positive and negative. For me, I like to focus on the positives and I am forever thankful for the ones in my life.