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Life on Social Media

I once posted a picture of a hike I'd gone on to my personal Instagram and Facebook page. It was a good hike. Fun. But life at that point hadn't been all that I thought it would be. It had been exceedingly hard. A lot of things had fallen apart. Even the things I hadn't wanted to do but was doing anyways hadn't ended up working out.

The night I posted the picture on Instagram I was crying in bed. And my cousin posted on that photo "You really know how to enjoy life!"

Oh yes, I did. I was in bed at 8:30 p.m., crying about a lot of overwhelming things. If she could have seen me then, she wouldn't have said that I had been enjoying life. She would have given me a hug and tea. I hadn't even been enjoying it that much when I posted it earlier in the day. It was just a cool picture and I wanted to share it.

And honestly I hadn't been enjoying it for the first hour and a half of the drive and hike. I had been quiet and sad. Only getting a little happy when we got out of the woods and into the sun. Then the interesting sites and mountains cheered me up a little.

But social media portrays a false side of life. I can be happy on social media. I can only show the good parts of my life. The interesting parts. The enviable ones. But I don't show the tissues in my car. The running mascara. The donut for breakfast. The stress.

So while I try to enjoy life, there are days that I don't. And I, and others, need to remember that everything we see on social media isn't true. And it's not a competition.

So try to enjoy life, but don't take social media at face value.

Feel Good Video

I found this cute video and wanted to share it with you. I have a not-too-secret love of Marvel, the Avengers, and Steve Rogers so seeing Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man present a robotic arm to a little kid is pretty great, even if you don't like superheroes. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEx5lmbCKtY&w=560&h=315]

Bionics is so amazing, and they're able to be 3D printed! What a cool age we live in. You can check out more of the #CollectiveProject here.

Be Happy With Now

Northwest Pearls: Snowy Trees

*Image source

I have a pet peeve, well, I have more than one, but one in particular is when people, usually on social media, are all "Oh, I can't wait for (insert season here!)"

And they do it every single season. They are always looking forward to autumn leaves, winter scarves, spring dresses, and summer trips.

I don't understand it. You were just looking forward to whatever season it is currently so why are you already over it?

I get it, the sun is nice, so are pumpkins pictures of your boots in the leaves (I've done that), snow is fun (haven't seen any this year, yay PNW), and you can't wait for flowers to bloom. But what if, what if you just enjoyed it until it was over? What if you were happy and content with where we are in the year and where you are in life?

You can still strive toward larger things while you're content with where you are. We should always strive to improve ourselves and to make the world a better place for others, but we can be content while doing so. We can enjoy the fact that the air is cooler and that the rain will help with water-levels in the warmer-months, we can enjoy the fact that we're in school and have a chance to learn.

Looking forward to things is agonizing. Looking forward to graduating, a new job, a move, a change in relationship, a trip; we have expectations and we think that life will be better afterwards. But in a way that can make us unhappy in-the-now. I'm as guilty of this as anyone, but I'm trying to be content with where I am in life.

What do you think of trying to be content with where you're at?

My Favorite Christmas Commercials 2014

Here's a few of my favorite Christmas-themed commercials. I appreciate them both from a "It's almost Christmas!" point of view, and from a communications/marketing point of view. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojBufhpPgMo&w=560&h=315]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWF2JBb1bvM&w=560&h=315]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iccscUFY860&w=560&h=315]

And here's one from last year.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M188DIF3odY&w=560&h=315]

What do you think? Are there any more Christmas commercials out there that are amazing?