Now you probably get this picture from my public persona that I’m a pistol packing drug addict who bags on his mama – Eminem
If an Eminem quote isn’t a great way to start a blog post, then I don’t know what is! I am totally biased because he was my first love, but I find my man Marshall totally brilliant. I was thinking about this concept of the public persona the other day and couldn’t help but think about how right he is. Stay with me here. The things that you publicly show of yourself are generally a picture of your whole self, but not all of the facets that make up your life.
I share lots of things on social media and I’ll be the first to admit that those things are primarily positive. I share things that make me happy, things that I am proud of, or things that I just find silly. But I’m not always happy, I’m not always proud of how I’m handling things, and some days I don’t find a whole lot that I feel like laughing about. I wouldn’t be human if things were roses all the time. I have postpartum depression, downstairs in my house is ALWAYS a mess, and I lose my temper with my kids. That’s just real life.
The mask of social media
I think we often forget that everyone is behind a mask of some sort on social media. People share highlights, but not always the entire story. There’s nothing wrong with that either. It’s fun to share things about yourself and it’s fun to see those things when other people share them. It’s what makes social media … well, social! But it’s very important to remember that no matter how someone presents themselves, they are not perfect. Remember that someone’s public persona can be somewhat of a character and that it’s not the entire representation of someone’s life. Remember that my life isn’t always Instagram perfect and that I share mainly the good bits.
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