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A couple of weekends ago, I was going through some personal stuff and on Monday morning I’d scheduled a super positive and motivational post, but I really wasn’t feeling it.  I wasn’t in that happy place because of what I’d experienced that weekend.

On social media, we’re always pulled in by the seemingly perfect lives and pretty pictures, but actually, we have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes.  So to keep things real, instead of my super positive post I posted about how I wasn’t OK and the importance of feeling the way you feel.

Often, for self-preservation purposes, we get caught up in putting up a front and showing everyone that we’ve got our sh*t together when actually we’re sinking on the inside.  A fabulous lady in my shared some words of wisdom on how sometimes to deal with negative feelings the only way is through it – so perfectly put, eh!

This resonated with me so much. I’m definitely a cup half full kind of girl and can see the silver lining in every cloud; however simply slipping on your lacy positive pants just won’t do the job.  Sometimes the only way through it is to totally immerse yourself in it – deal with it in your own way and come out the other side.

You’re allowed to feel the way you feel and never need to apologise for it, nor do you need to feign happiness on social media.  It’s OK not to be OK for a short while.  It shows that you’re human.

Think about this…

What if showing the raw, vulnerable side of you helps just one person going through the same thing.  From personal experience, I’ve learned that sharing something with someone else going through the same thing can really help.  Also, I’ve found comfort in some amazing social media posts that are honest, authentic and come from the heart.  More often than not, it’s reassuring to know that you’re not alone. 

Unfortunately, life isn’t all unicorns and rainbows, sometimes things go wrong and aren’t so perfect. Don’t be ashamed or feel that your feelings are unjustified, be true to yourself.  If you need to dwell on these feelings, do it – learn from them and grow. 

I hope you can use this post as a little reminder that it’s for a little while.  Also, not everything we see on social media is real, people show what they want us to see and that’s fine, but I think for balance we should try to show the real and not so pretty stuff too.  

How important is being real on social media to you?

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