So I haven’t written a blog post in a little while. I could blame writer’s block but the truth of the matter is I’ve been watching the TV series Peaky Blinders. But now that I’m up to date, and Thomas Shelby is no longer a distraction, I have no more excuses. So make a brew and enjoy the next instalment of what’s going on in my brain today.
I thought I would write about something that’s been playing on my mind and since I’ve become a fully-fledged member of the Instagram family, it’s been niggling me somewhat; coupled with this and a post I read a few weeks back by another blogger, its inspired me to tackle a somewhat debatable and touchy subject.
Without wanting to offend anyone, I’ve got to come out and say it but… social media lies!
It becomes very apparent when scrolling through your newsfeed that you’re engulfed by images of seemingly perfect homes, perfect relationships and perfectly made up mums and children. This is of course me falling foul to social media, as no one’s lives are as flawless as the staged images the little squares appear to portray.
People will only share what they want you to see and behind closed doors no one really knows the ins and outs of anyone’s world, no matter how “public” they seem to make them. (I’ve even had to Photoshop Mollie’s face on occasion because of her eczema being so bad, so we are all guilty of it.)
The pressure on women – especially mums – to have it all can sometimes be overwhelming. Not everyone has a home that comes straight out of Country Living magazine or looks like Holly Willoughby, because real life gets in the way. Most of us get through everyday life, coffee induced and running around like blue arsed flies, trying to navigate parenthood while ticking off a never ending to do list! This is why I find a lot of the content I read and see via YouTube or Facebook hard to relate too.
I for one like to do my makeup and hair most days. If I left the house with no makeup I would scare the neighbours, but I don’t have a makeup artist on hand so I probably won’t be giving you any tips on how to apply foundation! Don’t get me wrong, I love to watch my favourite Mummy Vloggers because I’m nosey. I also love to scroll through Instagram just like the next person because it’s human nature.
Social Media can be a fantastic platform but also a manipulative one, lulling us into believing that everyone around us is living a champagne lifestyle, when in reality they’re probably down Aldi doing the food shop with the rest of us, wiping baby sick off their clothes!
We live in a technological world where anyone and everyone can share their lives, so it’s always a challenge not to compare yourself to others. But the reality is that no one knows how long it’s taken to “stage” a snap posted to Instagram or how real it is anyway. So the next time you feel disheartened by someone’s status or photograph just remember even the salt looks like sugar with a filter.