Would I Be Happier Without Social Media?

Let's face it... no one Instagrams the low points in their lives. Although some people do moan about their problems on Facebook, for the most part, people post the pretty and leave out the ugly.

I read a really interesting article a week or so ago. Take a moment and read it. I'll wait. Here are a few lines that stuck out the most to me. "Our envy buttons also get pushed because we rarely check Facebook when we’re having our own peak experiences. We check it when we’re bored and when we’re lonely, and it intensifies that boredom and loneliness.... We check in with our phones when it seems like nothing fun is happening in our own lives—when we’re getting our oil changed or waiting for the coffee to brew.... But it only takes one friend at the Eiffel Tower to make you feel like a loser."

Some days scrolling through Instagram is like that for me. I'm sitting on the couch in my pajamas blowing my nose every 5 minutes or stuck in the checkout line at Walmart.

But I'm trying to choose gratefulness. When I see the fun dinner date or the beautiful new dress pop up in my feed, I want my first reaction to be thankfulness to God for allowing my friend to enjoy something wonderful. He's given plenty to me. I don't need one more dress. And Ryan and I go on plenty of dinner dates. Just because tonight happens to be a pasta-dinner-in-front-of-the-TV night doesn't mean that I'm not blessed.

And I want to focus on that blessing. Because social media is a part of my job. There's no getting away from it.

One of the goals on my 101 in 1001 list is to Instagram twice a day for two months and see if I can build my following. But I want to keep it real. I want to post more than just the highlights of my life. The pretty bits and pieces that form together to create a more perfect version of my life. I want to show the good and the bad. The beautiful and the messy. And trust me... in those 60 days, there will be plenty of messy.

Will you join me? Will you open up a bit and show some flaws? Together we can find the beauty in the flawed, the everyday, and the boring. And together we can be thankful for the wonderful lives we have.