A thought struck me this afternoon as I sat with a coffee and scrolled through my social media (top use of baby nap time right there).
Is life always as idyllic as we make it seem on our Instagram or Facebook accounts? I know mine isn’t, nobody posts pictures of that time the baby threw up over the bedroom carpet at 4am (yes that did happen last night), or when you forgot to screw the bottom onto the nuti-bullet properly and your smoothie ended up all over the kitchen worktop.
Real life isn’t always insta-perfect, its real life and that’s all part and parcel of the charm. As a parent especially you pick the best snippets of your day to post, how you managed to blitz the house during nap time, or you won at life because everybody was out for that 9am appointment you had, you don’t follow that up with the fact that the kids wrecked the house in 10 seconds flat and the rest of the day was spent with crying children because they didn’t want to make that 9am appointment with you. From the outside looking in this idyllic life that some lead, leaves others feeling miserable and less worthy and as mums shouldn’t we be building each other up instead of knocking others down?
Some days you win at life, others are a complete and utter failure, but you know what that’s ok. It’s ok to have a bad day; a day where nobody gets out of their pyjamas and dinner is freezer food; the good days outnumber the bad.
I guess what I am saying is this; don’t judge yourself by what you see on social media, who knows what that mama has dealt with and if posting a picture of her clean house makes her feel good then that’s ok, and most importantly remember this ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’ – Theodore Roosevelt