One of my favorite fitness bloggers, MizFit Online, linked to a great post the other day, all about “Fakebooking.” (Is this a term that’s been around a while and I just learned it?). The gist of the post was that life is messy, yet on Facebook, we rarely see that truth. Rather, it’s all about the happy, shiny things that come our way. I’m going to venture a guess and say that this goes beyond one social media platform and encompasses our blogs, our tweets, and our Instagram accounts. Am I right?
I try to avoid this phenomenon of “fakebooking” but if I take a good hard look, I can see where I might have put a bright new coat of paint on something and then posted it. Case in point? Monday’s 18-miler. I came home, shot a picture of my happy runner’s face and announced to Instagram that I had started off the week with that long run. Was I happy? Yes. But the truth is, that run wasn’t my best. My legs were tired and a few aches and pains seemed to make their way to the surface as they are wont to do this far into marathon training.
So there–that’s the truth behind that picture. I fall short in so many ways and just to clear the air, I’m going to share a few of my latest examples:
- I swore off sweets four weeks out from my marathon. Monday afternoon, however, I shoved two truffles down my throat. And they were good.
- The other night when Mr. Zippy was out of town, I thought I’d have a nice June Cleaver kind of moment with the kids. I popped some popcorn and had the kids pull out a game. Things started off well enough, but in no short order, the kids were throwing the game pieces at each other and I was yelling at them both to go straight to bed.
- The dog peed on the oriental rug the other day. I still haven’t done anything about it. I know, ewww!
- My daughter’s basketball team is having an end of year pizza party on Thursday and I haven’t told her about it because, frankly, I can’t stand the idea of sitting through a meal with a bunch of people I don’t know and making painful small talk.
And that’s just scratching the surface.
So tell me–do you ever sugar coat a post or a picture?