Warning: I may have dropped the F Bomb in this post…more than once!
In a recent conversation with a friend who was experiencing some challenges, they expressed that their life sometimes felt like a total fuck up.
I assured them they had not won the prize on that one!
However it did get me to thinking.
We live in a world, where on a daily basis, we are bombarded with images of people seemingly living richer, fuller and more adventurous lives.
People working in more exciting jobs & wearing more fashionable clothing.
People who travel the globe with what appears to be an endless supply of income.
People who are married to the perfect partner & have miraculously created the perfect family who all live in a perfect home.
People living a life we can only dream of.
But are they really?
I believe a more accurate statement might be, we are inundated with images depicting people living perfect lives.
For aren’t we/they just all showing the best sides of our life?
If any one of us stepped in to someone else’s life, I suspect it wouldn’t be long before we recognised that they too, live in an imperfect world.
One where they might not feel valued. One where they experience disappointment. One where they struggle with anxiety & fear. One where they may feel the weight of loneliness & sadness.
And yet, so many of us are reluctant to share these sides of ourselves. We hold our not so perfect or vulnerable parts in a safe place, in many cases locked deep inside, for fear that in sharing them, we may be exposed for all to see, that somehow we just don’t quite measure up.
With depression & suicide rates on the rise, it would stand to reason that we could all benefit from a little less perfect in our lives.
After a lengthy conversation with my friend, commiserating on all things not so perfect, aka fucked up, they thanked me for keeping it real.
It doesn’t take a whole lot to assure someone they are not alone, to let them know that most of us in fact, on any given day, can hold the fucked up trophy. 🏆
Sharing our not so perfect sides of ourselves can be equally as important as sharing our successes.
I encourage you to keep it real!