For my friends and family I think Facebook has become a competition of who has the most #blessed life, #living the good life, #so much love. I get that we shouldn’t air all our dirty laundry to the world. Of course there are those people as well and I find them so much more entertaining. I’m talking about the ones that are constantly grateful, always blessed, and perpetually joyful. Ok, we get it, your life is awesome. At least that is what you want us all to believe.
When I first joined FB years ago, I made the mistake of comparing my life to those I “friended”. Damn, I had really done life wrong! Everyone else was accomplishing their goals, living their dream life, had the perfect spouse, a great job, and the most adorable children.
Then some people from work sent me friend requests and I realized the LIE! Their lives were not so pristine. I knew it because I saw them everyday, heard them complain about their looser spouse and out of control kids. But according to their FB pages they were #blessed. They would post pictures embracing the very spouse they “just know” is cheating on them. Hummmm. I was so caught up in my perceived failures that it never occurred to me people would exaggerate or out right lie to make themselves look good. I was so naive.
Even after learning the truth I still have to be careful not to fall back into the comparison game. Sure good things happen to people. Amazing trips are taken and fun can be had. But there is always a flip side. They are not going to share their “flip side” anymore than I’m going to share mine. #reality is what you make it