If you look at my blog header it's an idyllic setting isn't it? I would love to live there. The old house, the woods, the gently flowing stream...you can almost imagine that it's perfectly 75 degrees every day and the scent of freshly baked bread would greet you as stroll up the walk way. When you entered the house everything would be neat and dusted, and a pitcher of iced lemon aide would be set out just waiting for that surprise guest. But I don't live there, it's just an artistic rendering.
They say that reality is what you make it, and there is no place that is more true than on the internet. Have you ever been to a blog or website where you left feeling inadequate in some way? You wished you could live that person's life, or have their successful business or maybe even make something half as amazing as what they make? I hope no one ever goes away from my blog feeling like that. I kind of doubt they do. I am a bit too lazy to bother making my life sound perfect and wonderful everyday, I just throw it all out there.
Maybe it's wrong to tell you this, but I am going to anyway. I was visiting a beautiful blog the other day, and while I enjoyed reading it and looking at all the pretty pictures I felt a bit inferior when I left. I suppose I should give the impression that I am successful all the time and have supreme confidence in all that I do, but I don't. I thought to myself boy I wish I had that kind of talent in my work and that my blog was so pretty and worded as nicely. I came back and looked at my own convinced I should change it because it seemed so dull in comparison. But then I gave my myself one of those mental smacks upside the head. I was buying into it. Now I am not saying they didn't have a nice life or a lot of talent, they did. But I also realized that they were probably omitting a lot of stuff. They have bad days and self doubts, they look at other people's work or blog and think it's better than their own.
We all go through that same reality, some of us just choose to post it and some don't. So the next time you go away from someones blog or site and wish that you could be so clever or talented or good or have their life...don't do it. They have just as much junk going on as you do.