Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Keeping it Real

Lately, I've heard a lot of talk about how it is believed that some people are using social media to create this perfect {and delusional} world they are living in.  There have been references made on twitter to those who are "impostors".  These are the people who talk about their perfect life with their perfect spouse and their perfect children living in the perfect house.  Ring any bells??

While I could probably name a couple people who may fit the above description for the most part the bloggers and/or social media mavens that I engage with the most, keep it real. 

As I thought about it more though, I started to think.  Surely I'm not one of these people. Am I?

I feel that what I write is the real me.  I put it out there as it is.  Sure there are things that tick me off, make me sad, or frustrate the heck out of me that I don't share here {although some I most definitely do}, but mostly because that isn't how I am in real life.  I'm a pretty positive person.  Maybe not always "glass half full" but 90% of the time, yeah, I do see it that way.  I'm far from perfect {those of you who know me IRL can stop laughing now!}, and so is my husband.  And those kids?  They may look cute, but boy oh boy...not perfect.  Our house?  Perfect for my family, but just overlook the dirty walls, unfinished home improvements, broken door moldings...you get the picture.

And just in case I've been portraying the wrong message I leave you with 5 of my many flaws:
  1. I gossip way too easily.
  2. I've made incredibly poor financial choices in the past
  3. I'm an emotional eater. I eat to celebrate, commiserate, and for everything in between.
  4. I get tired of being around children and often take it out on my own kids after spending all day in the classroom.  I feel that I give my students my patience all day so I don't have any left for my own at night. Sad. I know!
  5. When I do something, I do it all the way. Meaning other things {even important things like family and friends} sometimes get pushed to the bottom of my priority list even though when they have no right to be!
Rest assured that I have way more flaws than 5. WAY more.
No, I'm not perfect, but life is too short.  
Make your mistakes. Learn from them.  Then move on!

You know what they say,
When life hands you lemons...

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