As you can see this is my Instagram profile and my bio reflects my other loves except my family and a few more people. I’m too old to be a wannabe so it is what it is!
I love stationery. It has been years of graduating school, finishing university, but I still need my supplies! Over the years, the mobile planners, event reminders took a major turn and I saw how the younger generation was growing up without journals and highlighters. No “Dear Diary” or glitter pens for greeting cards. It was a hard pill to swallow when I saw my niece/nephew parade had no idea of greeting cards! It was a history that I was a part of; I felt ancient and sad. In the last 2-3 years history however started to repeat itself. And now when you see, each year December would flood your social media handles with sponsored ads of daily planners. This is something that really caught my attention. Not for the good reasons. Let me tell you why.
A planner cannot get so satisfying than this. With the right motivating words, variety of writing styles to indicate headings, sub headings, texts, sub texts, blahbity blahbity blah. And to add on there are little saffron clouds, plants with flowers, among other cute little drawings. Very well planned!
Excuse me, who does that?
Who has got the time? By the time I could plan with such aesthetics, I would actually forget the purpose. Do I write to plan or plan to write?
I might sound like the tia transforming to a Karen but Gen Z gotta use Instagram as an app and not the life-modifier!
The heavy marketing and advertising of these carefully and aesthetically presented daily planners come with hoards of accessories. Pens, stickers, Polaroids of random nature shots, bookmarks, etc. All one needs is a pen and a diary that is non-dated, people!
This is not all, now that they have the excuse of showing that you are getting all the necessities in one package, the price is marked keeping in mind all that love and care designed “specially” for you.
This is definitely a flirt confessing to have feelings to the target #43405285147190!
Not kidding but I almost fell for it and thought of buying one. With the price so high it really intrigued me to know why is that; and there it was- Instagram Life Inspo
I went ahead to ask a few teenager students of mine whether they like planners or not.
“For the sake of Instagram.”
“I barely make it to my zoom classes everyday. I bought the planner because they looked cute on the ads.”
“I love writing but I love typing more; wasted my money that I was saving up for my guitar strings.”