Whether it's our intention or not, our social media profiles show the highlights reel of our lives.
Looks perfect right? The sun is shining, the waves are crashing, there's not a soul about.
What this picture doesn't tell is the rest of the story.
- The Big Sister is sitting in the back, complaining her tummy hurts.
- The Little Sister informed us five minutes ago that she needs to do a poo but Bearhands is making her wait. She's complaining.
- The sand is soft; we're not travelling on the ideal time because Bearhands wants to get home to the farm while its still daylight.
- It's blowing a gale outside.
- Ten minutes after this photo was taken we pull up near the beautiful Cathedral rocks. I dig a hole and the Little Sister fills it.
Four hours from now there will be the great chocolate milk vomit of 2015 and I will find myself standing on the side of the highway, baby wipes in hand, trying to clean up the mess as best I can.
Four hours and fifteen minutes from now as I drive home alone with the kids I will feel something itchy on my leg. I'll scratch it and, in doing so, get vomit on my fingers and spend the following three hours trying not to scratch anything else.
Last year I completed the 30 days of reality challenge - the brain child of the blog formerly known at Tiny Savages. I showed folks the ugliest part of my foot and for every follower I lost (or gained) I donated a dollar to the Hamlin Fistula Clinic in Ethiopia. My foot must be pretty ugly because at the end of that month I donated $250 to the clinic.
I’ll update my photos here, but if you prefer your reality in real time, you can follow along on Facebook and Instagram. I’m using the hashtag #realityaday. My starting stats are: Facebook: 2354, Instagram 771.
The aim of the game is to provide an antidote to the highlights reel and help ladies in Ethiopia whose real life makes my reality seem like a fairy tale.
do you compare your behind-the-scenes with others' highlight reel?
are you ready to see the unidentified contents of my fridge drawers?