I am SO tired of reading the posts and cute little FB memes about everybody’s fake happy life on Facebook and how it’s all a bunch of bullshit.
I will take that happy bullshit any day over the dark, depressing crap that is on the TV news.
Turn on the news and before you know it, 6 minutes have past and you’ve heard about 12 people murdered, 2 six-alarm fires, and 5 more foods you should never eat.
Newspapers are the same. We are conditioned to believe that bad news is the only news worth delivering. Quite frankly, I am tired of listening to only the bad stuff. I don’t want to hear only about how awful this world is because I have come to see that there are WAY more beautiful things happening than bad.
Based on people’s FB’s pics and posts, I would say that most people agree with me.
I read a hilarious and totally relatable post on this topic the other day. This mom’s point of view was that life is messy and ugly and everyone should stop posting pictures of calm serenity when it is really chaotic. While I agree on one hand- being a mom is busy and life is messy, for sure, I feel that if we can find a few moments of beauty, why not share? It doesn’t make you a liar or a fake, it makes you an optimist or a person who can see beauty the through the crap.
I consider myself a person to be one of those people who sees beauty through the crap. I have removed the people in my life who only see the bad. I barely watch the news or read the paper (I do pay attention to the bigger picture things that affect my life directly) but over all, I am pretty happy and positive. Knowing about the six-alarm fire 7 towns over does not help me or my stress level. This is tragic and real and people are hurt- I get this, but having devastating news shoved down my throat hourly doesn’t help anything. In fact, studies show that exposure to negative news can cause major stress issues, even mimicking PTSD.
Seeing smiling faces and happy memories on social media does bring me happiness. I love seeing pictures of my high school friends and their families. I love seeing (and getting to know) people that I probably wouldn’t lay eyes on in real life. I love learning about new places and recipes. I also love hearing opinions from people that I know and respect.
So this girl, is going to keep her “fake” Facebook life and love every minute of it.
Please, everyone, keep sharing happy posts and pictures. I, for one, truly appreciate it. 😊
Jennifer Ormond is a Boston-based entrepreneur, author, radio personality, blogger, mom to 4 amazing kids, and wife. Lover of business, coffee, writing, children and parenting. Queen of sarcasm and eternal optimist!