It’s human nature to look at a perfect Instagram feed and immediately assume that person’s life is better than your own. Its part of our make up to compare what we have, to the person who seems to have it all. It’s estimated that the average person spends one hour and forty minutes browsing their social media pages each day. How much of this time do we actually enjoy though, and how much of it do we spend beating ourselves up?
Social media is an outlet for many people, it allows them to be whoever they want to be. Instagram allows us to take images, crop out the mess and apply that filter that makes us look like we just stepped back into our teenage years. Facebook allows us to check ourselves into those swanky cocktail bars, where the images we post show us having the time of our lives. When in reality, we don’t really want to be there. We are knackered from chasing around after the children all day, we don’t really like the people we are with and we definitely could have done without spending that money.
Social media portrays perfection. It’s a liar, perfection just doesn’t exist. My favourite social media feeds are the ones where imperfections are celebrated. The ones that don’t hide the fact that the house is upside down and the toddler has dinner on her t-shirt. I love the ones where the bad is celebrated along with the good, proving that we aren’t always living the high life.
Looking through another’s feed often leaves us feeling down about our situation. It leaves us with a yearning for more, for better than what we have. It’s so easy for our confidence to be knocked, by assuming that life behind the lens is as ideal as it seems.
If we delve deep into our hearts to find out its true desires, often we are holding onto them for dear life already. We have love, we laugh, we have a roof over our heads and food in our bellies. We watch our children sleep peacefully at night and we have everything.
Social media is fun, but letting it get under our skin is dangerous. Step back, take stock and love the life you live. Regardless of how perfect you think someone else’s life is, take time to realise that you’ve already made it.