Like many of you, I look at my favorite influencers or celebrities and think, “gosh, if only I had their life” on the daily (confession time). BUT it wasn’t until I heard someone say that about me, that I knew it was time for me to be real with ya’ll.
It’s true, my feed can sometimes look flawless (well YUSS, I only spend like 10 hours perfecting it and have an amazing photographer and boyfriend), but the truth is I spend like unholy amounts of time working on it. I take 20+ images to just get that one shot for Funny Friday. In fact, it often ends up in tears of frustration, because I’ll never be good enough.
The rest of my life is chaotically wonderful. So, I want you to see the girl behind the ‘gram. This isn’t a pity post where I try to relate to the woes of the world, calling out all of my imperfections, so that you can assure me I do have a great life. This is a post where I can assure YOU that the life you see on Instagram is only the trailer for a movie full of drama, laughs, tears, heartache, pain, glory, triumphs, growth and more.
Remember that quote, “don’t compare your real life to someone else’s highlight reel”? BOOM, truth to such a corny quote.
My highlight reel and real-life has been/is/will be a roller-coaster. The highs where I can see the views are beautiful, and the lows where I feel like this coaster is going to crash are dark.⠀
To elaborate on one of my listed experiences … When I was 23, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, DFSP, which required a seven hour surgery and recovery that tested my mental and physical strength. Now, whenever I shoot in bathing suits or crop tops, I’m often asked permission to photoshop my 6 inch scar. I have learned to love my ‘battle-wound’, and no longer have any cosmetic laser treatments to lighten it.
As you can see, my highlight reel AND real life is full of ups and downs. I choose to believe my life is kickass in front of the camera AND behind it. I choose to love all of it. I promise to share more with ya’ll. The truth is, I am perfectly imperfect and perfectly flawed just like you. And that’s something I hope never changes.