There’s been a lot of talk on Facebook and in the blog world about the face we show publicly. Lots of talk about the fact that everything we write is a facade, that there are things about our lives that we don’t show our friends and readers. There’s even a term for it, “Fakebooking”, and how it’s meant to induce envy and/or show people how good your life is.
I like to think I keep it pretty real here and on Facebook. Sure, there are things to envy about my life. I have a strong marriage, a warm house, good kids, a loving extended family, and some really awesome friends. But the person you see here is pretty much the same person you’d meet if you walked in my door.
A slightly obnoxious mom and wife who loves good beer and running, who struggles a bit with depression especially in the winter and when running isn’t allowed, who’d rather go on a fun vacation than upgrade the kitchen or add a master bath. A person who has a pretty good life, but still has challenges like everyone else: those last pounds that won’t go away, things that go wrong with the house, work frustrations, unexpected expenses, etc.
Don’t believe me? Here are some recent FB statuses:
I’ve shared pictures like this one:
Sexy, I know. Beer Geek is a lucky man. Yes, I really do wear that robe every.single.evening in the winter. (Actually, I have two identical ones.)
Want to see some more reality?
My dining room looks like this 90% of the time. And all my friends have seen it this way.
My stove was manufactured in 1962 (and obviously designed by a man because there are SO many places that are impossible to clean.) It’s also only 23 inches wide. Really. And I’ve been cooking on it for 15 years. And obviously I couldn’t be bothered to sweep the floor before I took the picture.
My “master bedroom” closet is smaller than most people’s coat closets. In the late 1930s, people didn’t have a lot of clothes.
See? I’m a pretty open book. What you see is what you get. And if you don’t believe me, come on over for a beer. One beer and I lose what little filter I have.