Our True, Non-Facebook Selves

My lovely landscaping. (Please ignore the messy garage.)

My lovely landscaping. (Please ignore the messy garage.)

There are a lot of things that I like about Facebook.  I like hearing from my college friends, the sense of community, and being on top of whatever is going on with everyone.

On the other hand, social media can also bring a sense of unreality.

Oh, I don’t know…I guess it can make my life seem, well…just dull!

If you guys have been following me for any length of time, you probably have noticed that I haven’t written in a really l-o-n-g time.  Let me be honest, it’s not because I’m living the glam life of a writer, traveling to exotic places (or even non-exotic places) to contribute to the latest addition of National Geographic.  (Would you even believe me if I said that I was??)

Nope.  I’ve taken on a new job as a homeschooling mom.  And it has made my busy life even busier.  My life is full of balancing home, family, church, writing, trying to get my home sold, and keeping my cupboard stocked with groceries.

But back to Facebook.  Do you ever–and be honest–have Facebook envy?  I mean, everyone is always at Disneyworld, literally and figuratively.  Everyone is always smiling, their houses are always clean, and dinner is out of the oven and looks fantastic (and they have photos to prove it)!

Ok, so I wouldn’t say that I have “envy,” because that goes against my moral beliefs.  And I honestly don’t begrudge my family or friends of any good that goes their way.  Let’s just say that I am in wonderment as to how so many people’s lives seem so put together, and mine just seems completely un-extraordinary in comparison.

Or maybe I’m just plain frustrated that my house has been on the market since May and hasn’t sold yet.

So here are a couple of pictures of me.  Two are headshots for an audition that I didn’t get cast for:  one with airbrush, and one without.  The one without is my truer self…the one that I won’t send out if I ever finish my book and it gets published.  The other is me with wrinkles, bumps, and all.

Point is, our regular lives are day-to-day and no one’s life is without bumps and wrinkles.  We have instant access to news around the world and, thanks to social media, news right in our own social circles.  Not saying that this is bad.  It just isAnd not many people have a news-worthy life.  (Fortunately!)

Well, enough ruminating for now.  I think I’ll go throw together a peanut butter jelly sandwich and then go check out who’s on Facebook.

Airbrushed Stephanie.

Airbrushed Stephanie.

Will the real Steph please stand up?

Will the real Steph please stand up?

The third photo is a selfie that I took while I waited in line (and was bored) at Sam’s.

Stephanie at Sam's...Woo-hoo, I found out that my membership hasn't expired just yet!

Stephanie at Sam’s…Woo-hoo, I found out that my membership hasn’t expired just yet!