Stop Living a Pinterest Perfect Life {Inspiration}

“As it is written:  “There is no one righteous, not even one.”

-Romans 3:10

As any Christian knows, there is no one perfect in the world.  We just aren’t because of the sin that entered the world with Adam and Eve; it is impossible to be perfect.  However, with social media’s technology, there is a pressure to be perfect.  To have perfect, beachy hair.  To have perfect skin.  To have our kids be happy, smiley, and getting along all the time.  To have an airy, perfectly clean house without a crumb on the floor, kid’s toys in their own containers, and perfect lighting for photographing.  To have perfect girl’s night out, full of flawlessness.

You know what?  God doesn’t expect us to be perfect.  He knows we aren’t perfect.  So, why do we Photoshop and crop our lives to make others think we are?  Why do we try to stage our photos to make them look worthy of Pinterest?  Our lives are not perfect like what we see on Pinterest.  It’s time to start being real, like Pinterest.

I’m not going to even pretend my house is perfect.  It isn’t.  It’s an old house from the late 1940s with a crappy paint job.  The lighting isn’t perfect.  I have a fabulous large window in the living room, but I get major shadows.  I can’t get bright, airy photos without trying.  It’s hardly clean.  I have a toddler.  It’s tiny.  It’s full of stuff (which we do not have a lot, but a little goes a long way here.)  My house is lived in.  It isn’t a model home by any means.  My house is ugly by some people’s means.  I can’t even crop the stuff away to make my house look perfect.

But, you know what?  We like it.  It works for us.

I am not perfect either.  My hair is usually oily.  My skin still gets pimples ever though I am breathing down the neck of 40.  I have a double chin because I barely have a neck.  I carry ALL my weight in my belly.  I have a condition that makes me bloated all the time.  I have knobby knees, skinny ankles, and no chest.  I have social and mental anxiety for my whole life.  I fear way too much about things that don’t even need a second thought.

But, this is the way that God made me.

So…I’m going to embrace the imperfection.  I’m going to be real.

I’m not going to post photos that make my house look like a 2,000 square foot house that no one lives in.  I’m not going to post about how my child is an angel.  I’m not going to post how I look perfect though I work out every day.  I’m not going to make you think I’m full of myself.

Because I am not.  I am not even close.

I don’t even want to say that I am an expert at anything.  The purpose for this blog is to share my knowledge that I learned from researching with others, but I would not call myself an expert or even a know-it-all.  I am far from that!

With all of these Pinterest-staged photos out there online, it’s easy to start feeling like we are the only ones with messy closets, laundry piles, dishes in the sink, and bad days.  We see all these photos with people with slapped on plastic smiles, pretending we don’t have some ugly, messy struggles in our lives.   Let’s show others our worries, fears, downfalls, failures, real life.  Let’s make ourselves more real.  Who is with me?

(Please don’t think all of this is a humble brag.  I am too much of a realist to brag about myself.  I just wanted to make you think and join my mission.  Let’s get things to where we show others how we are real.)

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