You don’t always have to photograph your good side. Life has been aestheticized and manufactured to sell to whoever is scrolling through Instagram and TikTok, as moments captured feel more like a version of “I will sell this” today instead of being authentic. But what happens when you can’t scrape off the peeling paint or use primer? In this instalment of Culture Study, Anne Helen Petersen discusses the concept of community, vulnerability, and the strength it takes to allow yourself to rely on others. In her view, it’s essential to unlearn so much of what we’ve been taught about making our lives as optimized as possible and understand that you are you, and that is enough.