Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Social media

Generally speaking, I'm a big fan of social media. Moving as much as I do, it really comes in handy for keeping in touch with family and friends and I truly love reading blogs and getting a peek into other people's lives.

Despite all the good that comes with facebook and instagram and blogs, there can be definite bad as well. People tend to put their best foot forward so to speak. Most people don't take pictures of the piles of laundry, screaming babies, and soap scum in the shower. Which makes it really easy to think that everyone else has a squeaky clean, perfect life and your life is just awful.

But it's not true. No one's life is perfect, they just choose to only show you the good side. That's not the way I operate. I don't think it's a bad thing to show the good. It's incredibly important to focus on the good moments in your days. To hold on to those moments when things aren't so good. To really recognize all the things you have to be thankful for. I just like to be more balanced myself, to show you the good and the bad. Hopefully this shows people that while I'm not "super mom", I'm also not a horrible mom.

Yesterday? Had more ups and downs than most roller-coasters. And honestly, had more downs than ups. However, it would be really easy to show you just the good:

Piper's all smiles while eating her breakfast.

Advent: day 4

Making cookies for the neighbors.

"It's stirring for us, mama!"

Looks like a pretty good day, right? Right. And I am infinitely glad to have these pictures. But I also have these:
Morning nap boycott.

Afternoon nap boycott (yes, my hair is wet).

The face I was staring at the majority of the day. This was when I had the audacity to walk into the playroom and suggest we play there.

See? So please, realize that no one's life is perfect. And even if they're posting pictures of their happy kid baking cookies, they could be having a horrible day. So just focus on the good, but realize you are not alone in the bad. 

1 comment:

Kristin Roberts said...

I'm in love with this post. You rock. It really is SO true.. even with people who are my closest friends, it's so easy to just look at stuff like your first 5 photos and think, "they've got it figured out somehow." But alas, there is always much more to the story.. people just don't often choose to share that side. :) So I'm not happy that some of your days have those crappy moments, but it is nice to be reminded that even "perfect" families aren't really that.