Social media and television are a scam.
Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh but have you ever finished watching a show or gotten off Facebook and wondered how other people do it all so effortlessly?
There are a million blogs out there about giving your kids the perfect summer, losing weight, eating better and everything in between. I love pinterest, but honestly, have only ever attempted a handful of things (most of them being some allergy friendly recipe that only ends in disaster).
And TV is full of shows that depict leisurely days with friends who seem to just live at each others homes and never have laundry, cleaning or cooking to do. I can’t seem to manage a text message back in a timely fashion most days. I can’t even imagine being a mom before text messaging. How did people communicate?? I do love the friends in my world who don’t seem phased by my 1 second-12 hour return window fluctuation.
My ideal day would be spent in a kid-free kitchen, trying new recipes and chatting with friends over coffee and calorie free pastries. But life around here just doesn’t seem to flow quite that smoothly. Some days my biggest accomplishment is that I brushed my teeth.
I have a very adventurous 1 1/2 year old. He can drain my energy most days well before 9am. My husband and I were filling out some paperwork recently and we were asked to “Describe your children’s interests”. My husband’s answer for Calvin was “climbing.” For real. I don’t think he has any other interests. The kid will seriously climb anything and then do it over and over again. Doesn’t matter if he falls or gets scolded, he WILL get on top of the table and destroy the last pear in the fruit bowl. Seriously, this has happened. Twice.
But more importantly I think it’s important that we’re real with one another. I am totally guilty of only posting picture-perfect moments on social media, but I want to do better about sharing real life with those around me.
It’s so easy to fall victim to the social media scam and buy into the lie that we’re somehow not living up to some unattainable standard. Remembering that I am exactly who God created me to be and that He has given me this life is the only way I get through some days.
And until my kids are all out of the house and/or I win the lottery and can hire a live in maid I’ll just keep doing what He created me to do. Even if the moment isn’t picture perfect.