No-one has a perfect life
The pictures tell a lie,
Beneath the sham of smouldering eyes
Bitter-sweet tears of reality hide.
The fairytale lives of our sociable friends
Might make our own story seem quite shabby
But beneath the pretence of glitter and glamour there lies
Some friends who aren’t always happy.
So if you see me smile at you
It sends to you good cheer
I know deep down your life may be as complex as mine
So it conveys love and compassion sincere.
©Alison Jean Hankinson
Social media can fill a gap, strengthening some links and friendships but it can also set unrealistic expectations about what life should be like and somehow cloud our judgement of what imperfections we should learn to cherish.
I thought this picture summed it up perfectly.
Shout out to all those young people out there on World Mental health Day October 10th who exist in a world that is beyond anything we could have imagined when we were your age.