The kinds of Facebook statuses and Tweets I’d like to be reading…

February 10, 2012

Dear Max

There are times when I’m on Twitter and Facebook and am in awe of what fabulous lives people have. New cars, great runs, tax refunds, blissful holidays, long mornings in bed while people’s partners make them tea… it’s all there. And I’m happy other people are happy, don’t get me wrong. But is it all amazing? Really? I think it’s easy to paint a positive picture on social media, and that’s okay. I can only imagine how crapola it would be if people were lamenting their sad lives, or ranting and raving about everything.

But sometimes, I’d love to see honest posts that will make me feel pretty regular about my life, and less inadequate about how fabulously people are portraying theirs.

So just for a bit, I’d love to see the following Facebook statuses and Tweets:

– I’m having a fat day. I feel like everyone is pointing at me and laughing
– I love my kids, but sometimes I have no idea what I’m doing
– I didn’t get the job I really wanted. I’m pretty sad about it
– My husband and I aren’t getting on so well. I hope we can resolve things because I’m very anxious about it
– I’m worried about paying my bond this month
– I’ve been hurt by my friends
– I’m scared of a lot of things
– I’m really lousy at…
– I’m a crap friend/partner/parent sometimes
– My life is imperfect
– I have wrinkles


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  • Sian

    So true and its the same with blogging. I love to read happy posts, but I also like to read posts that are honest and make me think.

    February 10, 2012 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Esethu

    Very true. Its reassuring sometimes to know that you’re not the only one who occassionally faces challenges. I just think that we are so busy trying to actually BE happy that we are probably just trying to focus on the positives. I don’t think that ppl are intentionally trying to portray themselves as having the perfect lives & hiding the challenges…well, that goes for MOST ppl anyway. I’ve had this debate with a few of my friends before. Food for thought…

    February 10, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Melinda

    you need to follow my timeline more closely…nothing is sacred in Melinda Land 🙂

    February 10, 2012 at 10:15 am Reply
  • Sharon

    Ditto what Melinda said! I’ve never been afraid of letting it all hang out!

    February 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm Reply
  • Bronwynne

    Some of the feedback I received on my blog was that I was too negative about my running, too hard on myself. So ever now and then, i’ve tried to be more positive. Trust me, it’s harder to do. And if I’m really being honest, I worry that people will not want to follow me if I am too negative. But believe you me, I have many a fat day, too many “i hate my boss days”, and almost every day I have that niggle with hubby. But what you say is true. There’s a difference between a negative status update and an honest one.

    February 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm Reply
  • Charlotte @ Scaredmom

    I have all of the above most days, but my family and close friends are all on my facebook and the minute you post something negative, my mother will email me and ask if all is okay at home. I just then say nothing!

    February 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm Reply
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