Compare or appreciate?

When I came across this quote a few weeks back I read it, stopped, thought about it and nodded my head yes!

Social media can be a wonderful thing. It connects us to people we probably wouldn’t know otherwise. It allows us to keep in touch with friends and family no matter where we are located on the globe. It creates communities, provides support and can bring people together in times of need.

Social media can also be a horrible thing. The same platforms that unite us can also tear us apart. The voice that it gives people is often easily abused to hurt people in keyboard wars. God knows that it’s way to easy to talk shit when you’re a coward hiding behind a screen. It can also contribute to depression as mentioned in this Bill Murray quote.

Often social media paints a perfect picture for everyone to see. It’s life in what I like to call a ‘FAKEBOOK WORLD”. This is the exact same reason I make a point to be as real as possible when it comes to social media. What you see is what you get with me…black and white, no gray areas here. I’m not about the perfect shot that looks like it came out of a magazine. I won’t do a story telling you how perfect my life is and how wonderful motherhood is 24/7 cuz that’s all bullshit. What you’ll see is my real life which is far from perfect with my far from perfect kids and family. I don’t pretend to be someone who I’m not. I’m a hot mess, shit show Mamma, wife, daughter, sister, and friend who is winging it every single day. I try not to fuck shit up but when it happens it happens and there’s not much I can do about it…I try not to stress about it but let’s get real, I do because I’m human.

So why do I do this instead of showing everyone a beautiful pretend life with smiles 24/7, $3,000 purses and shoes while driving the newest Range Rover? Well, that’s easy! It’s because I can’t pretend to be someone I’m not. If I’m pissed about something I will let you know, if I’m sad about something you will see me cry, if I’m having a blast and am happy you will see me smile and laugh. It’s so important that in this day in age we are real with each other but more so with ourselves. It’s also important to take things with a grain of salt. When you’re scrolling through Instagram and you see a couple all in love know that they scrap it out like you probably do with your partner. When you see a mom with a boat load of kids all put together and behaving, know that what you don’t see is the help that Mamma got to get her kids ready. There is always more to what you see so think about that and remember that the next time you are laying in bed after a long hard day with tears in your eyes scrolling through Facebook or Instagram ready to compare your life to someone elses’. Know that everyone has their ups and downs and that no matter how fucking shit your day or week has been, there is always something to appreciate and be grateful for.

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