1. Perfection is an illusion. It’s a construct. Nothing is perfect. Nobody is perfect, either. Give yourself grace, and give that same grace to others.
2. Magical things can happen with the right lighting, camera, and photo application. Remember this the next time you get Instagram or Facebook envy.
3. Pinterest can be a source of inspiration, and it can also be a black hole where you lose all sense of time and space. Enter at your own risk.
4. Most of the time people do not air their dirty laundry or their imperfections on the internet. Even the “real talk” posts and pictures are curated – social media allows us to present what we want people to see.
5. You don’t know what’s happening on the other side of the screen. Everyone has their own issues, and nobody has a monopoly on grief, or stress, or sadness.
6. Sometimes the things that seem Pinterest perfect are actually from Amazon. Or a bakery. Or, wait for it…a store.
7. Just because your picture doesn’t look like someone else’s, doesn’t mean you haven’t created your own version of perfection. Look around at what you’ve created. Remember how long it took you to get there – appreciate it.
8. There is no rule saying that you too have to display your moments of perfection and joy for all the world to see. You’re allowed to keep some things private.
9. It’s not a competition.
10. It’s not a competition. Yes, this bears repeating. When you start uttering the phrase, or even thinking the phrase, “Everyone around me is______________,” you’re allowing competition to creep in. You’re forgetting your own progress, and your own journey, and starting to worry more about what everyone else around you is doing.
11. You are fully capable of making your own version of perfect. Stop looking for what that means from the lives of others, and dig into your own soul to find out what you want, what you love, and what you need.