It looks like this:
This was my very sad attempt at trying to make up a sweet potato pancake recipe. I had high hopes, but they all turned to mush…literally. When life hands you mushy sweet potato pancakes, write a blog about it, and try to make it meaningful.
We don’t talk about failures much in our society. We love to post status updates about our weekend plans, our latest accomplishments, or what we had for breakfast, and THAT’S fine. Who really wants to dwell on failures?
With the explosion of social media outlets like Facebook, or Instagram, we have created an alternate reality that includes only a sliver of the bad, and a nice hefty portion of the good. The problem is actually one that has been studied by psychologists who noticed that the more people use social media, the worse they feel about themselves. It’s not really surprising. You see cute pictures of the kids, a house that is always clean, and happy smiling people. You don’t see the meltdowns, the tantrums, the dishes piled in the sink, and the mold growing in the shower. Of course, none of this applies to my own life. Things are just fine and dandy here. Ha!
After extended periods of dwelling in the social media realm, we start to forget that EVERYONE has issues and we can’t measure our own worth based off the illusion that others (unintentionally) portray.
I heard a phrase recently that troubles me. The phrase is, “alone together.” Basically, there is an increase of people that are missing out on life events because they are too busy updating the world about their life events. Parents with their kids at the playground are on their phone – instead of playing with their children, husbands and wives are at anniversary dinners tweeting about their anniversary dinners – rather than developing a deeper relationship.
I’m not saying social media can’t be used for the good, but I am saying BE CAREFUL and moderate your usage. Live your life without trying to prove to people that you are living your life.
Yes, all of this was inspired by my sweet potato pancake mush. And on that note, here is a cute picture of our daughter playing with the kitchen I made her last Christmas: