I’ve been thinking a lot about the pursuit of perfection lately. Specifically, the role that social media plays in my life. I have always enjoyed taking a peek into people’s lives via their social media account. For the most part, I would say I have a healthy relationship with it. I am able to separate what’s real and what is not fairly easily but I do find myself sometimes comparing my life to others.
It’s very easy to spend a few minutes online and log off hating your wardrobe, your job, your home, etc.
I don’t feel this way very often, but it does happen.
Today’s post is a defense of imperfection. I am guilty of wanting to make my life look picture perfect but that’s just not real.
Some days my house is clean, my lunch is made, my hair is working, and I think I look pretty put together.
Other days–like yesterday morning—my hair is in a ponytail and I’m eating tortilla chips in the car for breakfast and that’s fine!
I say all this not to shame people for putting their “best” self on social media—-I am guilty of this too. I’m just asking that we all recognize that what we see online is usually not the whole truth.
My truth is there are currently clothes on the floor, dishes in the sink, and a pile of papers I have been adding to daily for two months. I worked out for the first time in four months this week and I’m so sore–and I may not work out again this week, let me live.
We purposely don’t share the ugly and hard parts of our life because we think people don’t want to see that but maybe we need to sometimes. There are people who are struggling with tough stuff and there is something so powerful about the “you too?” realization, it makes us feel less alone.
In case you need to hear it today–your value is not measured by the number of likes or followers you get.
So now if you’re ever scrolling my instagram and you see a lovely flatlay of a cup of coffee, my computer, and some flowers just know that out of view of the camera there is a whole mess I’m not documenting and that’s my truth.
Now, I can flippantly say right now I’m done comparing myself to others online, I’m done getting sucked into the fake images I see but that’s much easier said than done. All I can say right now is that I’m going to try to give myself a little more grace and embrace the mess that is my life sometimes. I am perfectly imperfect and that’s more than okay.