We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
On Facebook and Instagram, I post items that are upbeat and uplifting. I intentionally do not air dirty laundry, or post negative words, or anything that may cause my friends to argue and fight. If anyone crosses certain lines I have in my head, their comments are deleted and we all move on. I strive to create a happy environment online, especially on Facebook. I rarely speak about any troubles I'm walking through, or any struggles of any kind. I rarely (if ever) tell my friends that I'm having a bad time.
But, I wonder, if in doing so, I'm really only showing a fake side of myself. Maybe I'm showing an unattainable goal. I'm creating a beautiful, picture-perfect life online, but when in reality, my life is far from perfect.
Am I being the very thing that I hate?
Where is the demarcation point?
Can I display my true reality while being both optimistic and honest? Should I?
I don't know.
We all create an image (whether consciously or subconsciously), for others to see. We create the "us" that others see.