In the world of social media we live in today, it's important to remember that more times than not we're only seeing the pieces of other peoples lives that they want us to see. It's easier than ever to fake having a perfect life. (Or so I've been told...) But I have to disagree. Because I've been trying super hard lately on Instagram to make my life look really cool and I'm still failing. Like c'mon, what's a girl have to do to make a filtered life seem cool?
For starters, I have zero white backgrounds or table tops in my house and that seems to be the cool thing right now for bloggers when they're looking for a space to take their random collage photos. You know what I'm talking about when I say "collage photos," it's when they just photograph an array of weird shit like a Glamour magazine sitting next to a small gold glitter candle which is next to a DSLR camera which is probably next to a planner and a gel pen. And fresh flowers. NEVER forget the fresh flowers.
Don't get me wrong I honestly love these photo collages of weird shit, I really do, I just don't understand what's going on exactly. It's as if all of these perfectly posed items are just floating in an imaginary white space. How this happens, I may never know.
And that's just one of the reasons I'm failing at my fake Instagram life.
And then we've got the whole morning situation. My mornings aren't so pretty, unlike some of my favorite people I follow on Instagram. I'm not kidding when I say I absolutely love looking at peaceful mornings pics by blogger's who's fake lives I admire. The thought of having time to create a breakfast collage of my perfectly buttered toast on a small plate just big enough for the toast that says "Dream," which is next to freshly sliced fruit in a small bowl that says "Wish," along side an artistically created latte served in an anthropology-esque coffee mug gives me such jollies. I look at these photos and think I want to have mornings like this.
Yet I just can't seem to master the art of a beautiful fake morning, during the week mine are always covered in coffee spills and empty cereal bowls. And on the weekends I usually miss my chance because I sleep through them...
And please don't even get me started on my favorite blogger's pre-vacay pics. They're just about as dreamy as it gets. Not only do they fold all of their clothes before they pack, they lay them out (typically color coordinated) and take a photo for all the world to see what they're packing. Life doesn't get much better. But then it does. Because they also snap quite a few "on the way to the airport" pics which are always adorable. Their husbands/boyfriends must really love them because Chris and I are rarely on speaking terms before we leave for vacation. It's tradition that we always get into a big argument before setting sail for a trip, it's a cute little couple quirk of ours.
Honestly, this list could go on and one, but I've got to wrap it up somewhere.
So here's the thing, I follow people with seemingly perfect lives because I sickly enjoy it. I like to look at their edited lives and imagine how someday my edited life could be. I know some people get irritated with people who presumably present a better life than they might actually have in real life, but I can't help but admire it. Because as I've learned, it's hard work to fake a cool life, so hats off to those of you who have figured it out.
Someday my life will appear pretty and put together. And then you'll know that I've finally mastered the art of faking it.
*The photo I used can be found here. It wasn't mine obviously.