Thursday, February 18, 2016

Oh, social media.

**Ladies [and gents?], I promise I didn't forget about this little blog of mine. Instead, my week started with a nice dose of reality. I said hello to a cold [for the 5th time this season. Ugh!] and the last week of classes [until March 2nd]. But I'm finally using less tissues and have managed to get AHEAD on school work. So, I'm back! :) And with a confession...

I spent a solid ten minutes this morning looking through a girl's Instagram that...
 I. BARELY. KNOW. 
And why did I do that? Because her life looked so perfect and I was so jealous. But the key word there? LOOKED. I'm not saying that to make myself feel better or to downplay her life. Because my life is good and so is hers. It's just that I know how social media works. I guarantee someone has looked at my pictures and thought the same thing. The truth is, we only post the good stuff. But I couldn't help myself: Married, beautiful children, dream job, gorgeous house, vacations. People make their lives look so effortless and amazing. And for half of a millisecond, I wished I had her life. And then I snapped back into reality and was so thankful that I am where I am. So instead of focusing on the negative, I decided to name 5 things that I'm thankful for.

1. My family. I know that's kind of cliche, but in a time where I see friends losing their parents, I can't help but be thankful for them. If you don't live near your parents, call them to say hello and tell them you love them. Trust me, that's one thing you'll never regret.

  
2. My health. Somehow I'm sick for the 5th time this flu season, but I can handle a few runny noses and sore throats. I'm just thankful that I'm healthy enough to use my legs to run and my arms to lift weights. It's much too often that I degrade my body, so instead I'm going to praise it today.

3. My friends. Seriously, I don't know where I'd be without them. I don't tell them nearly enough either. Their friendships mean the world to me.



4. My education. I complain and cry way too much when it comes to my classes. I can't help it- they stress me out. But there are too many people that don't have this opportunity for one reason or another. So I'm thankful that I have the motivation and a great support system to get me through.

5. My past. You guys, my life is really good right now. And there are so many days where I'm afraid something horrible is going to happen because that's just what I'm used to. I have to constantly remind myself that the bad is gone. Of course, crappy things will still happen, but it won't be a constant like it had been. You have to get through the rain to see the rainbow, right? 

So there we go. I needed to write that. And I encourage you to do the same. Like I said in my first post, it's taken me a long time to get where I am. So just know that whatever you're going through, it's just a phase & it won't last forever. It's ok if you can't find one positive thing right now, or are going through a breakup, or are fighting with someone you love, or are struggling to get pregnant, or haven't figured out what you want to do with your life. This too shall pass! And trust me, there's a reason for it all. :)

XO

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