My immediate response to that statement was "ugh, I know exactly what she means". And so do you. You log into your account and you're bombarded with announcements of someone's engagement, wedding pictures, or the birth of a new child - some major life stage update that you may not have had occur in your own life. You're human so then most often than not, what happens is you begin comparing yourself to other people, specifically, those people. It's true, right? I know I've certainly been guilty of this at times.
She carried on to say, "I'm sick of seeing these photos of people living their perfect lives, with their perfect boyfriends and -- I want that."
At that point I asked to consider that maybe, just maybe, they might not truly be happy. Instead, perhaps, they have an obsession with looking good - for other people. There are people who use social media as a platform to share certain things about themselves that are meant to make them appear to be the happiest person on the planet. (I'm reminded of the line in Anchorman: "Hey everyone. Come and see how good I look!") In actuality, they know this is not really the case, and they put on the act as if it were true. Then it becomes this "other life" to manage and maintain; hiding themselves from what could potentially be a painful truth to engage with. Exhausting.
Some of the most loving, happy, and inspiring couples that I know leave a lot of their lives OFF of Facebook. They don't have to pretend and keep up with some "other life" that they've created to protect themselves and impress others. It's the people who have to constantly prove to themselves that they really are happy by getting that sweet validation of the little red notification flag, who more than likely aren't all that happy. They're simply keeping up appearances. But, also know that they want what everyone in the world wants: to be Loved.
Instead of comparing your situation, or "status", with other people. Look at your life and be grateful for what you have. You can think of 10 things right now to be thankful for. Remember that whole law of attraction thing? Like attracts like. If you sit back wondering "when's it gonna be my turn?" it will NEVER be your turn. Be happy with your life, right now, and expect that you will have exactly what you want despite what someone else's got. It's none of your business really.
While we wholeheartedly encourage and are all about sharing and being heard here, let's be aware of how and what we share with our communities. Share what's true about ourselves. Our A U T H E N T I C S E L V E S. And that means the good, the bad, and yes even the ugly. It's not only courageous, bold, and inspiring; it's also really attractive!