While scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day, I came across a post that said “You wish your life was as great as you make it seem on Facebook!” My first reaction was to laugh, but then I had a moment that was a bit more somber. Some people use social media to post their true realities both good and bad. I would venture to say that most however, post mainly their celebrations and good times. Hey it’s social media! We want the world to know about our fantastic vacations and our feel good moments and there is nothing wrong with that. Sadly though, I also know that some people post the good to help mask the pain. And while I know that a lot of people realize that everyone’s life is not post picture perfect it can sometimes be painful if you are going through a rough time and all of your friends are seemingly celebrating. I am a cautious social media sharer and have found myself cringing when I read a post that is clearly TMI. I am, however, often grateful when a friend does share that they have some not so happy things going on in their lives and I can use the heads up to provide them with some extra support and TLC. Regardless of how you share via social media it is important to understand that your journaling practice needs to be your honest truth.
You’ve probably heard me say that there are no real rules in journaling except to date your entries but recently I started adding another “rule” and that’s to make your entries honest, authentic and bare naked truths. To get the most out of journaling, you have to have no filters, no fluff. When you write, write fully about how you feel and what you’re thinking. Don’t write with worry of someone else reading it, which shouldn’t be a problem if you follow my other recently added “rule” to keep your journal in a secure location. I like to think of journaling as less of a process and more of an experience. Your journaling experience is based on what you allow yourself to express. Every person’s truth is different. How you express that truth through journaling depends on your desire to experience it. Keep your journaling real and you will reap the rewards of self-discovery, healing, mindfulness, release and a purposeful perspective. So let your social media sharing scratch the surface and reveal only what you are comfortable with, but use your journaling experience as a valuable gift of heartfelt honesty to yourself.