Today I received a text from one of my friends back home. We went to school together from elementary all the way through high school We graduated together and went our separate ways, losing contact until the beauty of Facebook brought us together again. When I’m home I always try to see her. She is funny and beautiful inside and out.
We don’t talk often between my visits home, but we will send each other a text via iMessage on our iPhones on occasion just to check in and say “Hi”. Today I had one of those texts from her and I couldn’t help but laugh when I read it.
It said: Hey girl- Just wanted to say hi and tell you how much I love your Snaps. (On Snapchat for those of you who don’t know what a ‘snap’ is.) You are always off on some fun adventure.
I laughed. When I finished working I sent her a quick message back and said hi- Wished them a great Christmas season and told her that sometimes my adventures are not in the ‘fun’ category, like a few days ago when we were stranded on the side of the road for 4.5 hours waiting for help in an area that was totally unfamiliar to us.
I told her that I didn’t ‘snap’ that, but if I hadn’t been trying to preserve my battery life- I probably would have, as it would have helped pass the time.
It is another example of what we put out there is only a glimpse into what is really going on in our lives- I take everything I see online with a grain of salt- because I know for the most part it’s the highlights of someones life as opposed to the daily ins and outs. But when we seem to think that someone else’s highlights should be compared to our own lives- it’s when we are asking for trouble.
Remember- Comparison is the thief of joy. I can’t remember who said that, but there is SO much truth to it- Shine in your own light- you are brilliant and unique just as you are. None of us need to be like another to be worthy.
Happy Holiday Season. May yours be merry and bright!