The other night, I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in awhile. Over dinner, we asked each other a pretty unexpected question: are we as happy as we look on Instagram? Not that we’re stunting for the ‘gram or anything, but aren’t we all just playing the highlights reel of our lives on social media?
I can’t tell you how many parties I’ve been to where my circle has been preoccupied with their phones, or their drama, or their drinks. I have bitterly spat out, “everything is great,” when someone mindlessly asks “how’s it going?” not bothering to elaborate. I have definitely wondered on several occasions why I even bothered to drag myself out of my warm bed to go to a social gathering that felt as hollow as the table full of empty glasses. But the group photo we post at the end of the night makes it look like long lost friends shared a meaningful evening together.
Enter Louis Tomlinson‘s latest music video for his song, “Miss You.” The song, the party setting, and the track’s message will have you reminiscing about these hollow exchanges, just like I am now.
In the clip, Louis is out with his friends, living his best life and partying it up. Suddenly, it hits him that something, or someone is missing. It’s then when he realizes the person that isn’t there is the one he’s been missing all along. Without them, the fun isn’t actually as, well, fun, as it looks. And all those “I’m fine” and “It’s great” assertions? He was really only lying to himself.
The upbeat and sarcastically cheery tone of this song not only makes it fun to sing along to, but it drives the point home tenfold. Sometimes we have to put on a front to get through, but some people just remind you why it’s worth dreaming of more.
Make sure to check out Louis’ latest video above, and leave us your reactions to the track below.