I received an email recently about Facebook, Social Media and my Blog, one I can't seem to shake from my brain.
The article talked about so many things, but the part that really resonated with me was the impact social media has had on people's lives. For me, Facebook and Social Media is all about sharing my images, and keeping in touch with family and friends. I enjoy reading little snippets about their lives or seeing a current picture of them out and about, having fun! I never post anything negative or unkind. I never talk politics or religion. I keep it light and fun.
The article talked about the double lives that people live, sharing information that is not really true to make their lives seem better, more joyful. That Facebook is a competition of sorts, people sharing information, vacation photos and pictures of their homes that have in some way been fabricated or enhanced. That it is a contest of sorts to see who has more friends, who gets more likes on a post or who gets the most birthday wishes. Let me tell you, I was shocked...I had no idea.
That all got me thinking about my blog. My blog is the story of my life, plain and simple. Nothing more, nothing less. I write about my day to day adventures, recipes I enjoy, the things I create and my knitting projects. I enjoy sharing images I have taken and all the special moments in my life. My life is not perfect but I do not write about the bumps in my path or the mountains I have climbed. But rather the joys I have experienced on that path and the view from the top of the mountain. I do not want to give anyone the impression that life is easy for me, it isn't. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 12 years ago, I live every day with pain, seizures and a host of other symptoms that affect my activities of daily living. When I am feeling good, I write a few posts and save them. When I am not well, I have specific things I do to try and lift my spirits....and I don't write in my blog. I find that focusing on the good days and remembering the happy moments, make the bumps in the road seem much less significant! Living with MS has changed my life completely and not for the better. But I am stronger than I ever thought I could be and I do appreciate everything more than I ever did before.
I hope I never gave anyone the impression that my life was perfect, or that everything here is perfect. That I am always happy or that I never struggle. I struggle...but all I will share here on my blog is my joy, this is indeed my happy place...
I remember once that my sister told me "I was lucky" and then she apologized for saying that and I never understood why she apologized. I am lucky, I know my life is pretty darn ordinary and yet pretty darn extraordinary!
And because I never write an entry without sharing pictures, here are two of the hubs and I in Ocean Grove.
Ocean Grove is one of the Jersey Shore beachfront communities that we love. We went for a short walk on the boardwalk on October 10th, after the Fall Festival they had in town. It was a beautiful day at the beach, not a cloud in the sky and it was warm, 70 degrees.