I try to think of social media, particularly Instagram, as a highlight reel. It’s a place where people post their best, happiest, prettiest moments…with a filter. The truth? Life isn’t as perfect as it may seem in a picture. It’s far from it, for me. As a sort of follow-up to my Women in Real Life post, here is the full-story behind 5 of my most recent Instagrams (<– shameless plug, follow me!).
Think of this as how I SHOULD have captioned the photo.
The backstory: The perfect spring break? Eh that’s a stretch. There were some arguments and stress, courtesy of moi. My family is my life but “perfect” is never going to be the right word. Also, there were flies swarming all around us. I got at least 5 bug bites. The good part: I loved the wine.
The backstory: This was my first day back to school after spring break. Not only was I sad to have just left home, but I was overwhelmed with a busy first week back. The flowers and pedicure were serious bright spots on an otherwise rough day. Oh and the flowers lasted like 3 days.
The backstory: If you hadn’t figured it out, this was totally a staged photo (like most Instagram’s are). The day earlier was a long, rough day and I was burnt out. Part of me felt guilty for staying inside because the weather was gorgeous. But I let my laziness run it’s course, something I highly suggest doing every once-in-a-while. (I wrote this post about it)
The backstory: I went to a cute area of town to walk around/window shop and I had to spend NINE DOLLARS to park for 1 1/2 hours. The smoothie? $8. Both overpriced in my book. Nothing wrong with the smoothie…it was actually pretty good.
The backstory: I really did need a bigger plate. As soon as I went to cut the food, everything spilled over. The salmon was a tad overcooked too, hence why I didn’t eat it plain (the dressing and other items made it better).
While these are silly, little examples, there is always more to the story. Don’t compare your life to someone’s filtered moments, because real life is a beautiful mess.
How often do you use Instagram?
What is your favorite form of social media?