If you spend any amount of time on blogs or simply social media of any kind then you know what I am going to be writing about today.
No, I’m not talking about those people who refuse to accept any standard short of perfection . I’m talking about those people whose life appears to be perfection.
I read countless blogs and follow a myriad of people on Instagram. No shame. I tend to enjoy following people who are similar to me in some ways. Young, Christian moms who like cooking, decorating and taking entirely too many photos of their adorable children. I have always thought that blogs and Instagram are the highest form of people watching… and I love me some people watching! It’s fun to see how other people live.
One thing that really gets to me some days in the world of social media is how perfect some people’s lives seem. I am always especially shocked by the photos people post of their perfectly put together homes. These are women with multiple children, a husband, many of them have pets as well and sometimes they even work outside the home. How are they keeping their house so clean? Where is all their stuff? You know, the piles of mail you have to go through or figure our where to file. Countless cords that have no home. Toys scattered about the floor and what seems like thousands of sippy cups. Dishes in the sink, on the table, in the living room, on the floor even. Dust bunnies, dog hair. Where is all that stuff?
I’ll tell ya where it is! It’s stuffed in the corner outside of the frame. Hidden in a drawer just before the shot was taken. Cleverly tucked behind a pillow on the couch. That’s where it is! Cause we all have stuff! We just do!
Don’t hear me saying that I don’t stage my pictures before posting them. I am a pro at the tucking and cleverly hiding. But not today! I wanna get real. I want you to know that if you are like me and are sitting there thinking, “how do these women keep their homes so perfectly clean all the time?” Just know that I am sure they don’t. If they were to show you what things really looked liked just before they hit that shutter button, it would be a different story.
It’s okay to put your best foot forward. I even think it’s okay to occasionally stage and “fabricate moments” as my husband says. It’s creative and can be really fun and healthy. But, let’s make sure we are also always being real and admitting that we have stuff just like the next gal! Okay? Okay.
To go the extra mile I wanna show you how easy it is to fake “perfection.” I think the photos below need no explanation.