We’ve all heard the rap that Instagram isn’t the most reliable window into a person’s life. The carefully curated, dazzlingly-lit images that are shared on the social network are only what the Instagrammer wants you to see. Now we have yet another essay from a lifestyle blogger, Kyree Harvey, reminding us that just because someone’s life may look perfect on social media doesn’t mean that it is. Oh good, I haven’t read one of these essays for at least a week.
Kyree Harvey, a mom and blogger from Australia, has a beautiful Instagram feed that gets thousands of likes and comments. “I get comments every day stating that my life is perfect,” Harvey said to Us Weekly.
“‘Your house is so perfect,’ ‘You’re such a perfect wife,’ ‘Your daughter is perfect.’”
Ugh, I hate it when that happens to me.
But you see! Even though it was a “total ego boost,” things aren’t always what they seem! In a Facebook post, Kyree let her readers know that while they may look like a “perfect” Instagram family, they’re not! They’re just like us!
A "perfect" Instagram worthy family pic 😍What you don't see is the giant spew that's seeping into mama's jumper,…
Kyree’s Facebook post listed out all the things we can’t “see” just by looking at her photos.
“What you don’t see is the giant spew that’s seeping into mama’s jumper, staining her like sour yogurt. What you don’t see is that Mama & Papa had an argument about something small & petty an hour before. They refused to talk to each other in the car. But then made up cos they know they both were wrong, even though she knows she’s always right.”
Other things we can’t see include how much her husband hates his big feet, how hard she works to maintain a work/life balance, how they are new parents, how much they love each other, and how frustrated she gets with her husband when he can’t take a photo right. The nerve!
In what might be the most relatable part of her post, Kyree wrote about how she struggles with self-esteem. “What you don’t see is that mama is super self-conscious & never thinks she’s good enough. Even though she’s working super hard at learning self-love & learning to accept her flaws. Deep down she knows she’s enough but it’s still a roller coaster of a self-learning journey.”
Kyree Harvey wraps up her post by reminding her followers:
“Don’t judge a “perfect” photo from what you CAN see. Don’t compare to others, just take each image for exactly what it is; a brief snap of a single moment in a long day, possibly styled, showing you something in a creative way. Social media shows you what we CHOOSE to show you.”
Not that Kyree is actually going to show us any of the things we “can’t see.” She told Us Weekly, “I come from a family that’s drenched in issues from drugs, mental illness, and divorce. I just choose not to splash all the negative crap in my photos for people to sigh over. I’m passionate about making spaces look inspiring and magical. But I never want to trick people into thinking my life is perfect.”
(Image: Instagram / @misskyreeloves)