This is not another one of those “10 Things You Should Stop Posting on Instagram” types of posts. I read those and think well, damn, what’s left, then?
Keep posting your food, babies, selfies, coffee, shoes, outfits, your legs at the beach or pool, pregnant bellies, flashback pics, pics of the sky, the weather near you, and whatever else those lists say not to.
I like seeing it. The reason instagram is my favorite social network is because it shows me little slices of everyone’s life… and usually without any sort of drama, it’s just your life in pictures.
But there are some things I don’t put on instagram. The un-instagram-able, if you will. #uninstagramable
A friend and I were talking all things instagram the other day and I looked at my own stream and said that it’s maybe not the most accurate reflection of my life. That if you only looked at my instagram, you might think my life is prettier than it really is. Oh, look at me, getting a pedicure… but no picture of the puke that got splashed on my shorts later that day when one of my boys ate something that didn’t agree with him.
No picture on there is fake, but you’re not seeing those un-instagram-able moments.
Things you won’t see on my instagram:
- the pile of unmatched socks that are sitting on my couch, waiting to be magically matched since I have zero desire to do it.
- the dirty dishes in my sink
- one of my kids picking his nose
- the rash two of my boys had last week (I didn’t even want to see it in person, but a mom’s got to deal with some unpleasant things sometimes- y’all just didn’t need to see it)
- what I wear to school drop off most days… oh, wait, I have done that….
- anyone sitting on a toilet
- or the contents of a toilet or litter box
- or what the toilet in the boys’ bathroom looked like a few days ago after some sort of “incident”
- basically anything toilet-related, despite my boys’ undying love for potty humor
- photos taken when someone is in the act of chewing (mouth closed or open- it’s flattering to no one, and really, I can put the camera down when it’s mealtime)
- my kids crying or a tearful selfie
- pictures that would falsely lead to baby bump questions (no more babies for me- and yes, I know this one is totally vain. My body isn’t perfect so my pics won’t be either, but I reserve the right to delete pics that make it look like I’m on the way to the hospital to deliver a baby)
- a picture of someone else where if that pic had been taken of me, I’d be embarrassed to have it posted
I don’t flood my instagram with pictures (unless I happen to be having a day where there really are a lot of things going on- but the average day: no). So, it would make sense to pick a “pretty” pic over something gross if I’m only going to post one pic. It’s not just about who is seeing my pics, but having a highlight reel for my family that we can look back on.
I assume that’s what others are sharing, too. I don’t think they only have good or pretty things going on in their lives just because I happen to double-tap on a lot of their pics. Everyone we know has something they’re struggling with and unless the caption on their pic says something like “I love my perfect life, nothing ever goes wrong for me! #blessed,” I don’t make that assumption (or even believe them if they would say something like that).
And I do sometimes like seeing those #uninstagramable images every once in a while because it makes me feel like I’m not so alone in having those ugly moments… so maybe I should post some of what I just said I don’t (except for the whole toilet thing, I just can’t, y’all).
What about you? Are there things you don’t put on instagram?
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