I can see, and feel, her concerns for her children and their families future. Yet, her kids trust her and love her unconditionally. The famous picture is extremely powerful.
We live in an ever-changing technology age. Everyone has access to everyone, and is smiling pretty for the camera! We’ve all mastered the art of our social media self image, but what about our real one? We’ve all artfully and meticulously organized feeds that tell the usual story of a perfect life. Once in a while, we see raw truths which are usually unwelcomed-and get negative responses. “Be thankful, stay positive” we hear. But, in my humble opinion I think life is all about up’s AND downs. Keep your eye on the prize (prize being your dreams) is a more accurate response, I feel. How can we be truly grateful for the good things, if we don’t acknowledge the hard times?
Most people don’t want to know when things aren’t well, aren’t pretty, or there’s anything unjust happening that they could help change. Instead, people prefer the staged everything looks so amazing and happy look. But, underneath the smiles and matching family outfits, there’s a more interesting, raw, and realistic story that isn’t being told enough. It’s because of this, I think our kids are potentially learning an unrealistic version of self image and self accountability. Lacking work ethic, responsibility, and a morphed value system that lacks humility. Instead of complaining about “these kids today”- let’s take some accountability in our parenting methodologies to reverse the cycle!
We are all labeled, beyond the basic race and geography labeling in today’s sociological climate. For instance, I’m a wife, mother, homeschool mom, food allergy mom, and not a local (therefore an outsider) on the island I live on now. Nowhere in my labeling is me. Just humble, plain & simple me. I’m ok with that for now, but it is a notable observation. Like, to know me is simply to know my labels only. My interests, accolades, jobs– they’re all lost and hidden behind the label people need to put on me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of the many hats I wear! But, know that they are only a fraction of who I am, and any assumptions to the contrary only prove my point of superficiality even further.
The journalist in me notices these things. Every time I see a big smiling family image, I wonder what’s really happening in the frames just before the “money shot”. That’s because life is messy, unorganized, there are serious illnesses, disabilities, deep struggles –and there’s always a bigger story. Only if people would take the time to really get to know each other. But, this version of “perfection” begs to tell the untruths. And strongly presses labels where they don’t always fit. A great example is reality TV! It’s real, but jaded and only showing the small portion of lives that interesting and sells the picture!