There’s a lot on the internet that makes it appear as if people are living perfect lives. Whether it’s happy families on Facebook, perfect mommies on Pinterest or spotless homes on blogs.
It makes it seem as though other people have somehow figured out how to create these effortless existences that elude the rest of us. You know, those of us whose laundry piles up, have kids that bicker and refuse to stand next to each other in photographs and have never served a meal that inspired an Instagram post.
I am not one of those other people.
And guess why. Because those other people do not actually exist!
There’s always a wizard behind the curtain. A reality outside of the picture frame, where the messy stuff is pushed off to the side so that the Pinterest-worthy photographs can be carefully crafted.
My mother likes to say that “we compare our insides to other people’s outsides,” which I think holds real truth. How many times have you felt inadequate next to someone who seemed to be super put together, only to find out later that they had serious issues going on in their lives?
No one is perfect, everyone is flawed.
Just the other day I put together a huge crockpot of mixed bean and ham soup. I even wrote about it on The Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook group to share about my wonderfully frugal meal plan. And then guess what I did? That’s right folks, I turned it off and then left it out all night at room temperature. (You know room temperature, the ideal temperature for bacterial growth!) And in case you think this is some kind of isolated incident away from my otherwise perfect life, let me correct you. I have multiple messy pockets in my house, I mess up with my frugality and my life is far from perfect.
So as you’re choosing your new year’s resolutions for 2015, please remember that you may not have achieved perfection but that’s okay because no one else has. Ever.
And you might actually already be good enough the way you are.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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