It’s finally my kiddos’ Spring Break this week, so I have been purposefully staying off social media as much as possible so as to manage my feelings of inferiority on not being able to afford Caribbean trips at this time of our lives.
Instead we went to an Imax movie and out to eat at our local Food Network-famous BLT and malt shop yesterday. Today we are going hiking and also out to eat. In fact, there may be a margarita in my near future. It will be just like a beach. Ha!
Many of us eye-roll at the social media documented vacations our friends and family take, but then also continue to post and check-in when we ourselves are out and about. The cycle continues.
But none of it matters.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Ian Maclaren (not Plato apparently)
Mindfulness means awareness. The seductive temptation of judging ourselves against the perceived accomplishments of others does not help the world. It only serves to make us feel unworthy. Being aware of my own feelings, including those of insecurity and inferiority, helps lessen their hold on my heart.
It’s also a good tool in managing first-world comparison grumpiness.
There is much in our lives to be grateful for. Start there, and the open up to awareness of your own feelings. Pretty soon one margarita will be absolutely lovely. And I don’t need to put a picture of it on Instagram for that feeling to stick.