Newsflash: No one’s life is as perfect as their Instagram pictures.
Let’s get real for a second. Do you really think someone’s picture perfect Instagram life is their reality? Do you really think that perfect selfie was taken on the first try or not edited a million times to get the perfect filter? Do you think that “perfect couple” you envy on Insta is seriously perfect? Do you think that person constantly showing off all of their expensive things is really happy because of what they own? Take a second to really think about it.
With social media now days we keep comparing ourselves to these people that we believe have it all together, the perfect life – from the outside looking in at least. We see how “happy” people are in pictures and we believe they must know some big secret we don’t. We forget how edited, posed and calculated pictures are now days and wonder why our lives aren’t as elaborate, entertaining or fun. We too often start thinking people are inhuman, perfect and strive to be like what we see.. not realizing our lives and who we are is more than good enough.
We end up with thoughts like..
“Geeze, they have the perfect life. They’re always happy and doing cool things on social media.”
“They must always look flawless, I’ve never seen a bad picture of them.”
Sometimes I get lost in it too, I mean we are only human so how wouldn’t we fall into the trap? Fall into a trap of envy, jealously or thoughts that someones life is much better than ours. But what are we truly envying? We don’t know these people, we don’t really know what their life looks like. I’m not trying to say anything bad about these people at all and I’m not claiming everyone is hiding something. But I think sometimes we need to take a step back and realize people only post the life that they want others to see. I’ve said it before, I even do it.
Let’s. be. real.
I’ll admit it, sometimes our hectic lifestyle leaves me stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted. But you better believe I’m not going to post a selfie of my tired and worrisome self like “hey y’alllll look like crap & feel like it too ;).” Sorry guys. I’m not going to post a picture of the way I looked this morning, bed hair and zero makeup on. I’m not going to post about our messy house, unmade beds and pile of laundry in the corner of our room right now. And nine times out of ten I’m not going to share on social media something I am struggling with internally – even if I do, it’s probably filtered one way or another.
I’m not saying that I put out a fake persona of what my life is really like. I’m just saying that you don’t see someones life in its entirety through their social media. I personally love to be a positive, happy go-lucky person and I feel like I portray that through my social media. But it doesn’t mean I don’t ever struggle. Everyone has hard times in life, don’t think they don’t. Those blah, sad days where you just don’t feel like yourself. Those bad hair days, bad makeup days and days your jeans feel a little tighter than others. Even those days where you feel like the whole world is caving in on you. I’m telling you everyone has these days. Stop comparing yourself to these “perfect” people on Instagram, Facebook, wherever.
Remember that no one has the perfect life, we shouldn’t envy someone else’s life that may “look” different than yours in pictures. Stop questioning your beauty and worth because of what others are posting on the internet. Realize that everyones different and unique life is beautiful in itself. If everyone was as “perfect” as they look on social media life would be boring. So next time you’re scrolling through your feed try to remember not to envy or wish someone else’s life was your own. Everyone has their own amazing story in life, cool Instagram pics or not.
*I wrote this post a while back and am just now getting around to posting it. In the mean time, I came across an article that is preaching to the same choir and I looooved it. So, if you liked this post I’m sure you will love this one –make sure to click the link below!
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