For the most part, I, personally, find social media to be damaging. I think it's terribly unhealthy for people to receive self-worth from the amount of likes they get from a picture. But, it's where we are in life. Sometimes, though, I do enjoy a good idea share on social media. Over the weekend, someone I know who is in the public eye in another state, posted on Instagram about how she deals with "haters." She works out to deal with the stress, she keeps her circle close with tried and true people who know the real her. Oftentimes, people on social media only see a part of something, they don't see it all and make judgements on small parts, not everything. It's important, whomever you are, to have people around you that know all of you, the good, bad and the ugly. It's important to have people you trust and can help you deal with a bad day or haters. (Cue the Friends theme song)
This woman had a great quote in her post, "Learning to give myself the grace to be human, to mess up, to not feel the pressure to know it all, or be the expectations or doubts of those who judge me."
Life is hard. It's very doubtful that any of us are the PERFECT wife, mother, co-worker, daughter, friend, employee, etc.... We all stumble. Unfortunately, social media allows people to show themselves in their rare states of perfection. Many of us take that as a comparison to who we are and feel like we're falling short and that's very damaging. The truth is, we're all doing the best we can to get through life and juggle the curveballs that come up. Give yourself the grace to stumble and know you're doing the best you can. And stop letting the opinions of others define who you are. Chances are, they only see a small sliver of the freaking amazing human you are! You are a badass!