Now, I don't think we necessarily lie on Facebook. Our cheery, happy, beautiful pictures are real life. We aren't making this stuff up (unless you're photoshopping yourself into beach scenes and a set of six pack abs). They just aren't the whole truth. Everyone's life looks perfect from a social media lens. I can't tell you how many times I've experienced Facebook envy.
My life on Facebook is an airbrushed and Instagrammed image of my real life. I edit the suckage because I want people to think I have my shit together.
I'm sure some people think my life is comprised of pure bliss, running on scenic trails day in and day out and hanging out at the beach. While that is almost true, there is more to the story. Photos only tell a portion of the truth. I like to think I keep it real on Facebook, Instagram and my blog, but when I looked a little more closely, I realized I don't always divulge all of the dirty details. So, in the spirit of being honest, I will share the whole truth behind some of my very own Facebook and Instagram photos.
The photo says: I'm out having so much fun celebrating a friend's birthday!
The whole truth: I drank too much and ended up eating an entire burrito in a taco shop by myself at the end of the night while a group of people asked me "where are your friends?"
The photo says: Look at me! I can surf! Livin' the SoCal life!
The whole truth: I barely got up once, got smacked in the head with my board and ended up with a huge bump on my skull. I royally suck at surfing!
The photo says: I have such a relaxing life without kids. I get to sleep in and leisurely enjoy my morning with coffee, a book and my adorably perfect dog.
The whole truth: It's actually noon, I have a massive hangover, and I need this coffee for my survival. I also woke up to some dog pee on the kitchen rug.
The photo says: Just another epic run on this gorgeous trail! Be jealous!
The whole truth: I have major GI issues and this run is so painful, I'll use any excuse to stop and take a picture! Oy.
The photo says: I always eat delicious, homemade meals chock full of vitamins and minerals! I'm so, so healthy!
The whole truth: Most nights I eat a bowl of cereal for dinner and call it a day. I also drank almost the entire bottle of wine myself.
So, there you have it. I'm not perfect. My life is messy. I'm human.
Time to spill the beans!