what is real? as the above dove commercial shows, we live in an age where so much is distorted...but why? are we all so afraid and disgusted of what is actually REAL?
i know i've struggled with this as i navigate through blogs and flickr and facebook, not to mention the mainstream media's onslaught of what a perfect life should look, act and smell like...the cult of personality and celebrity has seemed to trickle down to all of us and the temptation is to get preoccupied with making sure what we put out there looks perfect...it's like we all have suddenly become a stylist and PR person for ourselves...we want to make sure everything shows how wonderful and beautiful our lives must really be...we want people to look at us & say "wow...her grass is pretty darn green over there!"...
we are all painting such pretty pictures of ourselves...whether it be through our blogs, our scrapbook pages, or our facebook profiles...but is it real? is what we all are spending so much time recording & writing & capturing, the real truth? in 25 years, as our children page through our albums will they even recognize our photoshoped & colorized & cropped & edited selves???
the REAL ME is imperfect...totally flawed...make no mistake about it, there is a load of room for improvement here :) but despite it all, i am truly loved to the moon & back by my husband & kids...my family & friends...they think my un-photoshoped & un-skin-smoothed, REAL self is beautiful...maybe it's about time i begin to truly believe that too :)
the bottom line is that the REAL life i'm living each and every day IS worth recording, and writing about...it IS worth capturing these real memories with their built in faults and flaws...my story, as i record it, in my journals and paper crafting may not be the most exciting or fabulous...it won't be color coordinated & it may be messy...my photos are not a study in perfect composition and you may get a glimpse of the dirty laundry that threatens to take over my house...but i think need to keep my focus and ensure that what i record is REAL...and guess what? it'll be wonderful and beautiful in it's own perfectly imperfect REAL way :)
i'm so excited to see the REAL you and the REAL in your lives that you share with us this round...i know, absolutely positively, it will inspire...truth has a way of doing that :)
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