A Curated Life: The Reality Behind Social Media

25 Before 25Social media is a funny thing. It allows us to share our lives with people all across the world. Friends, family, and strangers alike can connect with us. It amazes me that we can so easily connect with one another through these channels, but that feeling also weighs heavily on me, especially now that I have a blog.

My husband was looking at the analytics and stats for Living Taylored the other day (I love how much interest he shows) and he counted that Living Taylored currently has readers in over 70 countries. I felt so amazed by that. Not only that people from all around the world are reading my words and thoughts, but that I can reach people in other countries all because of the internet.

This was exciting to me, but it also brought on a great sense of responsibility. Both to myself and my readers to be honest and true. When using social media we are able to paint a certain picture of our selves and our lives. Sometimes these aren’t always realistic. Now, I am definitely not someone who condones sharing drama and personal/private stories and information via social media, but I do think it is important to be realistic and honest.

This has been on my mind a lot lately. I posted this picture on Instagram a few days ago and my mom texted me making a funny remark about the huge bruise on my leg. As I was going through those photos I knew that I could easily touch up the bruise to make the picture a bit more appealing, but I knew that wasn’t me. I’m clumsy…like ridiculously clumsy and I am constantly covered in bruises. Bruises happen, acne happens, bad hair days happen; LIFE HAPPENS.

I didn’t want to edit the bruise out because while most people probably didn’t notice it to begin with, I didn’t want to get into the habit of altering my reality just to curate this picture perfect life, because IT DOESN’T EXIST.

Life isn’t always perfect, and I certainly don’t want to give the illusion to readers that I am living a perfect life. That isn’t what Living Taylored is about. It is about making the most of your life, no matter how simple, and enjoying every bit of it.

So as you are reading blogs, scrolling through social media or looking through magazines, know that there is more to life than these photographs. Actually, this doesn’t only apply to media; the people we encounter every day have a unique story. Just because life may look picture perfect on the outside, doesn’t mean that is reality. Not every day is filled with chic outfits, beautiful floral arrangements, perfectly decorated and tidy homes, or flawless smiles. Life may not always be pretty and perfect, and that is perfectly ok.

Learn to love those flawed and less than perfect moments. Not only do they make the “perfect” ones more special but they are part of who you are and help shape your story.

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9 thoughts on “A Curated Life: The Reality Behind Social Media

  1. I had to laugh when I read this post, because as I type this comment I have about 3 or 4 random bruises on my legs! The clumsy struggle is real. With social media so prominent in everything we see and read, I do occasionally have to remind myself that no one’s lives look like an Instagram blog post every day- as demonstrated by the fact that I’m also never without some sort of bruise or mark 😉

    Emily
    http://www.cestlavie-emily.blogspot.com

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