Thanya Fox: Change

Thanya Fox is a young creative based in Thailand. Her inspiring posts (@thanyafox) have garnered an audience of thousands, uplifting and educating countless individuals. Our editor, Olivia Ferrucci, asked Thanya a few questions about how social media has affected her life and the complexity in speaking out.
Lithium: You are based in Thailand- how has seeing other people's worlds on social media altered your perception of other countries and continents?
Thanya: Social media is seriously a great platform to explore other countries, as I have friends from all around the world who have taught me about their culture and country. I've learned that some places that I thought were filled with forests and trees actually have loads of beautiful buildings! Honestly though, my opinion on other countries has not changed much at all. Since I was very young, I've always wanted to travel around the world and it is still on my bucket list!

Lithium: On Instagram, you definitely possess a very positive nature. What is your one 'message', so to speak, that you aspire to spread?
Thanya: First of all, thank you for saying that- I really do try to. My dad once told me that, "In life, we always have a choice to be happy or not. We have control over our emotions, so why don't you choose to be happy?"  That hit me really hard. I wasn't at my best, and I was thinking negatively about things that honestly weren't that bad. My message would be, though it sounds extremely cliche, always look on the bright side. Be optimistic!

Lithium: How has social media changed your life in the physical world?
Thanya: As amazing as social media is, I have been on it a little too much. Therefore, I haven't been active as much in the real world. When I'm bored, Instagram is always the first thing I go to rather than actually talking to people face to face. However, I've made so many new friends!

Lithium: There's been a very big surge in vocalizing a need for social justice recently, particularly online. How have you chosen to partake in it and what would you want to refine about the movement? Thanya: Online, I mostly just express my opinions on social justice. I don't really talk about it too much, as I don't want to cause any arguments. I mostly take part in the physical world when anyone in my school makes sexist, racist, homophobic etc. comments, I am sure to always talk to them about how offensive they are being to so many people. More people in the real world need to be educated, so that's where I choose to partake in social justice most.

Lithium: How do you feel you have changed as a person within the past few years? Thanya: The most significant change is definitely the confidence I've gained from being on Instagram with a fairly large following. I have people complimenting me daily and it empowers me to be myself more. Last year, I was so afraid of posting a picture that I made my friend do it for me. Looking back, I now post things that could be way more "embarrassing" than that picture and I now post things with no trouble. Now, I care way less of what people think of me and do whatever the heck I want! 

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