How many times have you scrolled through social media and thought “they look so happy.” “They have the perfect life.” Only to be shocked when one day you find out that they’re not as perfect as you thought! Is your life perfect? Probably not. So why are we so shocked to find out that other people’s lives are not perfect?
My family is my everything. Yesterday I told my husband to move out, threatened to sell my daughter on Craigslist, and yelled at the dog for almost knocking my daughter down the stairs. At the end of the day, we never stop loving each other, but we are far from perfect.
Let me tell you about this photo…
I can’t tell you how many times I see photos of new moms and think to myself, “ugh she looks so good, I wish I was that skinny.” I don’t work out. With my kitchen being renovated, I don’t eat right. I still have baby weight to lose….But here I am, in this photo, being that skinny mom! The right angle makes all the difference.
“They’re such a perfect couple.”Ha! While the baby was napping I was picking through the closet to get dressed and my husband kept throwing tantrums because the noise was waking him from HIS nap. Which set the stage for my obvious “I wish I had time to take a nap!” complaints.
“Oh, what a happy baby!” She is a happy baby! … As long as you give her exactly what she wants as soon as she wants it. She wanted to be up. She wanted to be down. She wanted to run. She wouldn’t let me wipe her boogers. We did our best to bribe her with snacks. Let’s face it “strong willed” is just a nice way of saying “pain in the butt.” And that’s my daughter. I love her.
“Charlie is the most photogenic dog.” This may be true because I’ve tried to work my photo taking magic on other dogs, and it doesn’t work. Charlie was definitely much more cooperative than the baby this day, but there was deer poop everywhere and he wanted to run, sniff, and play! The whole reason for taking these photos was because we don’t know how much time he has left with us, which is heart breaking for us.
The point I’m trying to make here is- when you’re scrolling through social media you’re going to think “They look so happy.” Because why would anyone post a photo looking unhappy? “Ok, everybody frown!” … it just doesn’t work like that. Of course some people are dealing with more than others, but you never know what struggles are behind those smiles. So Be kind to yourself when you think someone else’s life is better than your own. And be kind to others, because nobody’s perfect! That’s all.