My Facebook feed is filled with holidays, date nights, family picnics and goals achieved. It’s like the online version of family dinners from my childhood; where Mum would make us go around the table sharing the best thing about our day. I’m thrilled that great things are happening for my friends – they’re good people – but I’ve learned that on days when I spent too much time on social media, the shine comes off my own day. Here’s why: I’m comparing my behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlights reel.
This weekend I read this post by Tiny Savages. It’s good. I’ll wait here while you read it. To counteract the highlight-reel effect, she’s proposing a photo challenge of real bits, not reel bits. I think its a genius idea and I hate the idea that my presence on social media could make people feel lousy, so this month I’m sharing the not-fit-for-TV side of life in Casa de Cooker.
Yesterday’s topic was toilet so its likely real life will cost me some social media followers, and I’m OK with that. In fact, for every departure (or unlikely arrival) I’m going to donate a dollar to the Hamlin Fistula Clinic in Ethiopia. My starting stats are 1,522 Facebook likes and 518 Instagram followers.
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. I figure the very worst that can happen this month is the world sees my failings, that photo where my eyes look like they’re pointing in different directions and a lady in Ethiopia whose reality makes mine pale in significance is made well.