Social media is one of the outlets that is fundamental for me keeping my sanity. Literally.
As most of you know, I suffer from depression, anxiety and PTSD that at times can be extremely crippling. This makes it difficult for me to get out and about and socialize as much as I’d like. Thus, social media provides an avenue for me to connect and communicate with family and friends from afar and new ones as well.
I enjoy scrolling through and “liking” others’ joyful moments and milestones, but rarely do I see or hear the “real life” nitty gritty moments – the dirty house, kids behaving like tiny terrors, sleepless nights, wanting to strangle your coworkers, relationship woes, struggles with mental health issues, etc. If you’ve ever skimmed my Twitter feed, or read through my blog posts, you’ve probably gathered that I’m pretty much an open book, and a bit of a hot mess. Okay, more than just a bit. Sometimes I’m a flaming hot dumpster fire, but hey, that’s just me and I’m not ashamed in the least.
Life isn’t perfect so why only post about the positives? This isn’t to say air your dirty laundry or entire personal life online, but the same old posts pretending your life is one big happy ending is boring and nobody is buying it. I also understand that it’s easy to feel like you’re putting a damper on someone’s day or bothering them with your problems, because I’ve felt that way too, but you’d be surprised how many of your issues are relatable. That’s mainly why I’m all for sharing both my highs and lows. Maybe someone who has been struggling will view a post or status and think, “Oh thank goodness I’m not the only one!” I know I personally love having those moments. Creating a connection with someone over a shared emotion or interest gives me all the good feels. I mean, the whole point of social media is to be social, right?
So, let’s skip the charade of the perfect spouses or parents and get REAL. Life is so much easier when we can be honest with ourselves and find other weirdos who ride the same crazy train that we do!