Today I was scrolling through my social media platforms and found myself smiling at all the beautiful colourful images that burst across my screen. Females were looking immaculate, dressed in their best, hair was slick and attire was on point. Men, partying, sporting on holidays, collages of events, friends and children. Everyone appeared to have joy, they all appeared to have life, big bright smiles, everything seemed better than the life I currently live. For a brief moment I wished I could smile like those in the pictures, I wished I felt motivated to dress up and go to parties, hang out with friends and socialise in such a big way.
Then a picture of me crossed the screen. Someone had posted on Instagram a clip from my ITV interview. I appeared well dressed, my hair was slick, makeup was on point, my skin was smooth although slightly too shiny I appeared happy, strong and together. This caused me to think back to the photo’s I had viewed earlier. Facebook has a way of making us believe that everyone is living big, that life is amazing, wealth is in abundance and life is royal, when in fact it’s just a picture in their best outfit, it’s just a snippet of their day or week. It’s simply an image. One we seem to conclude and create our own background for. An image posted for the validation of others, revealing the best part of half the story.
But what about the other half, the hidden due to its lack of glamorous effect, the real part, that shows life is not actually great all of the time. The real side that shows the true reality. The truth that’s behind the perfection is flawed.
What would happen if we posted about the bumps in our road
Would compassion be visible for that sad story left untold
What would happen if we used social media to publish our reality
As opposed to the myth of perfection that for some, is a disappointing liability
Take a moment to be more real, and show your authentic self
Show the struggles and hard work it took to build your wealth
As humans we like to post the smile while hiding the pain
Showing all the sunshine moments and pretending it never rains
Worried that if others see the real you, they may laugh and look down
So you hide the depression within your upside down frown
A picture on the screen that helps you run away from the talk
Showing the fabulous life and not the one you really walk.
Social media is a path we use to detract away from real life
A way to display perfection without acknowledging worries or strife
Words of encouragement and upliftment, hope in all you say
An escape from all the ugliness you see along the way.
The person with 1,000 followers used to be bullied at school
He never had a childhood friend as they teased and called him a fool
The girl displaying the flowing locks has alopecia underneath
The immaculate face with the stunning eyes is suicidal, as they lack belief
In the value of their authentic self, for they seek what you have in millions
Remember there is always another story under the smile, ask the family of Robin Williams.
Remember the picture is only half of the tale
Reach out, show love as your loved one may not be doing so well
Sometimes we rise, we look strong but it’s just a front
As we continue life’s journey and for reasons we hunt
Seeking a reason to remain in this human race
While we say we are okay, with a broken smile on our Facebook, insta or snapchat page.
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