And it’s not doing our children any good at all.
The Facebook Facade.
The Instagram Life.
It is not real.
None of it.
We share only the very best of ourselves and even that is edited to look better.
I often hear teenagers and young people saying, “oh thats so insta-worthy!” A photo is snapped of a gorgeous sparkly shoe that costs a small fortune or a stunning backdrop that signifies opulence and adventure. To portray a life being lived.
Then they walk away from the expensive shoe shop, which they could never afford to shop in and get on with a normal, very average day.
But somewhere, someone looks at that image and feels envious of that shoe, of that life, of all the things she doesn’t have and may never.
She feels unworthy, somehow less than she did before.
And the cycle begins.
Images are edited to look sharper, more colourful, more exciting. The sky in its splendour is not enough – filters must be added to enhance it.
Faces are airbrushed, hips are made smaller, boobs made bigger. Spots, freckles, stretch-marks, wrinkles. All erased.
We are allowing a generation to grow up, disappointed.
Disappointed that that the sky is not that blue, that their hips are wide. That they don’t have blemish-free skin. That their teeth are not blindingly white.
A generation of wonderful, beautiful people who feel they are not enough.
And one day they will look back and realise, with a jolt, that they wasted the best years of their life caring how things would look through their phone….and they missed so much.
Life is flawed.
Hips are wide, or not.
Bodies are beautiful and messy and real – and no two bodies are the same.
Some days there is nothing ‘insta-worthy’ to snap, unless you learn to see the beauty in the mundane.
There is so much beauty hidden in the mundane.
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so let’s stop airbrushing our lives and our selves and let the beholder be the judge again.
Life was never meant to be picture perfect.
It does not come wrapped in a bow – but it is a gift nonetheless.
Ladies, Pass It On…