We all do it, don't we? Post our best moments, our cutest kid pics, our biggest triumphs on social media. I am certainly included. And - wow - looking back over the past five (plus) years, I do a LOT of it. A friend once said it is like receiving all of your friends' Christmas letters, every day.
But what if you are not having an oh-so happy season of life? In those times, social media can leave you feeling very lonely. Like the only one who doesn't have it all together. Like the only one who doesn't have a perfect family. Marriage. Life.
It is important to remember in those times that we (everybody else) are not out there displaying our heartache for all to see. For example, take this series of photos from my wall last fall:
I love this picture, our first UGA football game of the season. Who knew we were pregnant? Certainly not we!
A month later, who knew we found out the day before this picture that we had a sac, but no baby? Certainly not you!
Oh, perfect little family outing to visit Santa. Did you know, I was (finally) in the midst of the miscarriage? Man, it felt like it went on forever.
Here I am, finally cleared by the doctor the weekend before Christmas.
Now, my point here is not to share about our miscarriage; it is to let you know that you are not alone. When you see everyone else's post after post or picture after picture of happy life, it is not always the whole story. We are all just living life. And it is hard. But you are not alone.
You will also notice I am cutting back on the Facebook pictures this year - it's my New Year's resolution. More time for real life.