“The more I see, the less I know for sure.”― John Lennon
There is a mistake many of us may be making in these days of social media and the advertising of our lives. We tend to believe everything we read and see at face value.
We were told to be wary of the news in sound bites, but do we hold the same level of cautionary awareness to life in Facebook posts and twitter messages? Are our blog posts of amusing incidents indicative of our lives? Are the quick glimpses of happiness posted in Instagram just brief bits of joy we prefer to look upon while we look away from the day to day?
There is a tendency to believe that other people’s lives are like a TV sitcom where life is full of parties, vacations, and fantastic achievements surrounded by family and friends who offer unconditional love and approval. The pitfall is that we may look at our own lives and wonder why we are still sitting in your robe, with that bum knee, and the extra 20 pounds, wondering how to pay the bills and why one of the children isn’t speaking to you.
Sometimes life is all of these things. It’s a moody, ungrateful child who is the joy of your life. It’s the vacation where everyone got a stomach bug, and that really is the highpoint. It’s the great job that keeps you awake at night worrying over money and how to get it all done. It’s the enviable relationship that looks so perfect but in reality has a history complete with hurt and disappointment that rivals its’ joyful moments. People tend to see what they want to see.
The moral of this story is that at a time of the yearly holiday card and updates and lavish New Years celebrations where the perception is that everyone else’s life may seem so perfect; keep in mind that there is always another side to every picture or post. The good walks hand in hand with the difficult in everyone’s life and it’s a matter of choice where you put your focus.
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” ― Aldous Huxley