Oh my love/hate relationship with social media. It’s been such a blessing yet can be a curse at times. We are now at a time when everyone expects an immediate response to all questions all the time.
Wait…didn’t I send you that message 2 minutes ago? Why haven’t you responded yet?
Sound familiar? Gracious alive, do you know how many times I’ve seen a text, message, or email and mentally replied but didn’t actually move my fingers?
More times than I can count. When did it become such a instant gratification movement? I’m just as bad so trust me when I say this is not coming from a “judge-y” place on my soap box. I find myself saying the same things at times.
Do you guys remember when it took calling a house number a annoying amount of times to have your middle/high school friend actually pick up?
I say all these things because I was thinking late last night(when I do all my soul searching…at 1am) and I thought about how we all get trapped in that she’s doing it better than me, how is she doing it? I wish I could keep my home that clean. Wonder how her kids always look put together. Gosh, I wish my kids would eat that healthy too….
I could go on and on with all the comparison crap. And yes, it’s crap because I’m gonna let you in on a little secret…they may look all rainbows and butterflies, but you have no idea what’s going on in the background of that image.
Before this image was taken, that sweet little dancing butterfly was whining about how her brother was being a turd, she was hungry again, and her shoe laces were constantly becoming untied which annoyed her enough to cry about it….
I remember back when she was a baby/toddler and I’d document all the cry fits she would have and caption them with the ridiculous reason she was crying. Gah, I loved doing that because it was REAL. I gravitate towards images like that because I have empathy for those parents. I’ve been there sweet momma. Hell, I’m still there!!!!
There is literally not a day that goes by that our kids are not whining, crying, fighting, forgetting, falling, and yet…thriving.
This is my season. I expect if you’re reading this, it’s the season your in too.
So, here is my wish for you today…
I hope you take social media for what it’s worth. An amazing place to share recipes, connect with friends(old and new), gain insight, be inspired, challenge yourself to try new things, but always remember that no image was ever taken in a perfect setting.
That perfect setting wasn’t accomplished by a perfect mom, a perfect home, a perfect life.
It was taken by a beautifully imperfect person. Me.