Not all that shines is gold, nor all that glows is silver
Sometimes, when I wander off with my thoughts and I am being a little pessimistic about life, I wonder if I am the only one that doesn’t have her life altogether. Scrolling through my Facebook or Instagram feed I see pictures of smiling people. Smiling girls. Girls who look fit, who have boyfriends, a big group of family or friends right next to them. Who go to college and finish their degrees in time. Those who wake up feeling happy and energized.
Thinking about it, I don’t believe that they have it all together. I don’t (want to) believe that their lives are as bubbly as it seems. I am convinced that FB and Instagram can be the thief of joy. We need to filter in our heads what we are seeing, or how other people portret themselves. There is a need to realize and understand that what we like to share with the world are joyful moments. Because we need to prove everything is alright. We are handling life just great, right? Honestly, who wants to see pictures of sad people or selfies with mascara running down your cheeks? Just because what you see looks like happiness, doesn’t equal to the feelings that person has.
Today, I dare you to look at your social media with a different perspective. Perhaps that picture that they posted was the only joyful moment they experienced this week. What you see is not always what you get. That smile you see? It may be erased from their face the second the camera goes away. We think we know it all, but the truth is, we really don’t. We are not aware of how people around us are struggling. So for once, comment on that picture, or like someones post. Share in their joy, or cry with them through the difficult times. There is this annoying song – that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day – ”were all in this together”. We ARE ALL in this TOGETHER. For the good and bad times. Be the joy in someone else’s life today. Share a smile, a sandwich or a cup of coffee today. Because all that glitters ain’t gold, honey.