With the rise of Instagram and “Insta-worthy” pictures, there seems to be a warped idea of exactly what is real life vs. what is just a "perfect" moment in one’s life. As you scroll through your social media feeds, it’s the easiest thing in the world to compare your life with someone else’s ‘highlight reel’. Stunning vacations, flawless selfies, seamless fall #ootd; it all can be quite depressing as you binge watching Scandal in coffee stained sweat pants.
I’m guilty of getting way too absorbed in comparing others lives to mine.
Wow, I’d love to have Arielle Charnas' (@SomethingNavy) long legs." or "Ugh, Julie Sariñana is (@sincerelyjules) in Italy eating gelato. I want her life."
Actually putting those thoughts, above, in writing is quite disturbing. For many of us, myself included, they're thoughts we have while scrolling through our feeds. Sometimes we get too caught up in solely capturing the most Insta-worthy photo that we forget to live in the moment. For many people, those social media moments are their best moments. Whether they've taken 40 pictures to make their legs appear longer or they curated the most appealing gelato scene - those 'best' moments don't define their life. No one has a perfect life, even if you think their Instagram feed could prove that wrong.
Capturing every single stunning moment is exhausting and unnecessary. Put your phone down; grab drinks with friends, catch up on a Netflix series, walk past a beautiful building and for once, don’t snap a photo. It will make you appreciate each moment that much more, I promise.