Instagram vs Reality

Dear Journal,

Where to begin, eh?!

It’s been a hot topic for a while. Staged homes, filters, colour coordinated feeds, etc. everything seem so “perfect”. I admit it, I am guilty of all those things (except for the staged home… if you know me, you know my house isn’t very Pinterest-y).

Surely the person’s life is as perfect as their social media. What we see is what we get, right?!

Well, the truth is:

What you see is what you don’t get.

When I come across a “perfect” profile, I cringe at first. Why? I don’t really know. But I’ve come to realize that there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes that we don’t see. Hours of planning, taking loads of pictures only to choose one, writing, editing, etc. It’s even more intense when Instagram is used for business purposes. You can’t judge a book by its cover, so you can’t judge a person by their feed.

But still, we’re so quick to compare ourselves, sometimes unconsciously. Thankfully, people are starting to open up more by showing glimpses of their day-to-day lives. I love coming across someone’s page and getting a “real person” vibe, though. After all, aren’t we all human who have good AND bad days?

That’s why transparency and honesty are very important to me. I want to be the “What you see is what you get” person. I’m choosing the not-so-perfect pictures. I’m choosing the not-so-perfect post. I want to be relatable (to some extent because I’m very conscious that my lifestyle is different than others). I may not inspire many, but if I can at least make one person smile or encourage someone, it’s worth it.

I’ll do my best to show the most of the real me. It’s a promise I’m making myself… and to you.

Published by alexa

Spontaneous, when I want to be.

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