I’m going to share with you the biggest truth about life. Well… it’s boring. That’s right. But it’s not really a bad thing. Everyone’s life, no matter how big or small, gets boring. I’ll go as far as to say that even Beyonce’s life is boring, but probably less so than others simply because she’s Queen B. But before you snort at me from behind a screen and decide this post is not really worth reading, let me explain why I think life is boring. And why I think it’s important to remember about that.
Whenever I scroll through social media, and believe me I do that a lot, it seems that at least 78% of the people I follow or am friends with online have perfect lives. They eat healthy breakfasts and go to the gym whilst I sit in bed until midday, smash their tasks at work and then have time and energy to go out in the evening with their neverending group of friends. In the meantime, they travel at least once a month, because why not. It leaves me feeling that my life sucks because the most exciting thing I ever do is decide what I want to watch on Netflix.
And that’s not all. Apart from all the people we know and stalk on social media, there are the ‘big’ people. Our role models. The icons of the high lifestyle. We’ve got vloggers, bloggers, actors, singers, models and quite possibly all the people you can think of who could start up a revolution thanks to their massive social following. We get so sucked into their perfect lives we forget about our own. The vision of what we could have suppresses the sight of what we already have, because once you start comparing your life to theirs, well, it doesn’t seem like much.
Let’s take into consideration an average day for, let’s say, Bob. He gets up in the morning, gets on the tube during the rush hour trying not to look at anyone (God forbid you look at anyone on the tube), works his ass off for a vast majority of the day, gets back on the tube during another rush hour only to get back home, order a takeaway and fall asleep in front of TV. It’s not the most Insta-worthy vision and certainly not something that would be considered ‘exciting’. But if we look at any big vlogger it seems that their average day consists of going out, meeting friends and being constantly busy with something the average Bob can only dream of finding time for. I mean, fair play to them, they work very hard for what they’ve got, but that’s not the point.
We’re all guilty of picking the perfect images for our social media to pretend our lives are amazing and everyone in the 100 miles radius should be jealous of it. No one in the right mind would share a photo of them being upset, their burnt dinner or shared a status about losing their job. We spend most of our days trying to impress people most of whom we don’t even care about. We base our worth on the number of likes and views letting it fuel our self-confidence for a mere day at max. And if we get fewer likes than that girl from primary school we’ve been competing with for however many years for a reason no one actually knows, then that tiny bit of self-worth goes tumbling down.
But the comforting truth about life is the fact that everyone’s lives are boring. Some may be less boring than others, but I promise you everyone gets bored. We get stuck in our routines of home-work-home and feel a lot more comfortable without a bra and in PJs. The only thing really getting in the way of us embracing this boredom of life is social media and the fake picture of perfection it presents. But once you realise that everyone is more or less bored with their lives, you can learn to accept it and seek comfort in it. This is why I love people who produce honest and raw content. The ones who are not afraid to show that they too make mistakes and their lives are far from perfect. Because no one does exciting things on an everyday basis, have you ever thought about that?
If you made it this far, then thank you for giving me these 5 minutes of your attention. I hope this post left you feeling a bit better about sitting in your PJs all day. We all do it. So go on and binge-watch another TV show because that’s what life is all about, really.
Until next time xx
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