It’s day 10 of the #AtoZChallenge, and if anything, it’s helping me remember the date. I waffled a little bit about what to write for “I”, from imagination to incandescent, but I settled on one which has laid heavy on my heart:
In this day and age, it’s so easy to get caught up in our image. I’m sure it’s always been an issue, but with the prevalence of social media and the many pictures being shared constantly, sometimes it feels like we can’t let our guard down. That we need to make sure we always look perfect, in case someone’s hastily snapped photo ends up online.
But life’s not perfect, and we shouldn’t worry about looking perfect. Beyond that, why should we be maintaining an online life that doesn’t reflect who we really are?
You see, friends, life is messy. It involves bad hair, stained shirts, and occasionally forgetting to put in both earrings. We can spend countless hours making ourselves look flawless, but all it takes is one truck driving through a puddle in the road next to you to ruin all that. And no, that sort of stuff doesn’t just happen in movies.
As a (crunchy) Christian, I try to live a simpler life. I don’t wear much make up, and I don’t own a plethora of clothes. The majority of the clothes I do own come from consignment or second-hand shops. Me and the newest trends don’t usually mesh well, primarily because I don’t pay much attention to them. But it’s still far too easy to get sucked into worrying about my image.
It’s a problem for us bloggers. Let’s be real-how many of us have deleted posts we were writing because we didn’t like how they portrayed ourselves? I have, for one reason or another. How many of us have had to stop what we were writing to think about if we were really writing about ourselves, or our idealistic image of ourselves?
In one way, what we write might come off different from reality. We are writers, and we communicate through written word in a unique way. But our blog image shouldn’t be unrecognizable from the real us. And that’s why I’m posting some of my “real” pictures…showing the goofier (crazier?) side of me.
Because life isn’t perfectly staged, well-lit, and edited. <–Click to Tweet!