In the world of social media highlight reels, it’s easy to feel like an uber failure when all you see is the promotion of everyone’s success. Can all these people truly be having that flawless of a life? Nope. Not even close.
I once went to a car show that highlighted some of the last century’s most memorable vehicles. But while many of the automobiles looked like they appeared to be in pristine condition, most reflected their lack of upkeep when taking a look at the engine and interior. Most of them didn’t run, lacked a completed engine or had interiors that reflected a car straight out of an apocalypse. They looked perfect from afar, but in reality were actually far from perfect.
Our culture and this car show have more in common than you may think. Get where I’m going with this? We as a society, thanks to our obsession with social media, love to paint the persona of perfection. We tend to portray a life that is without flaw, yet hope our windows are tinted enough so that nobody looks inside at what is really taking place: imperfection.
Over the last 10 years of my life, I constantly found myself trying to portray the image of someone who had it all together or had all the answers. I decided I wasn’t going to let anyone know if I was hurting, nor was I going to showcase any type of weakness that could possibly make me look bad.
But while the image I was portraying might have looked flawless and pristine, the interior of my soul was ravaged, hurting and seeking worth in the approval of others. I wasn’t really who I was portraying to be, and I’ll be honest in saying it was exhausting to try to keep up with.