It’s been ages since I first wrote a Self Love Sunday post but I reckon a revival of this series is well and truly overdue. The topic of “perfection” has been on my mind a lot lately so last week I decided to rebel against this non existent notion and I shared a photo on Instagram that went against all the Insta-perfect rules. It was an honest capture of my everyday mum life and it showed me getting ready for the school run, with about 5 mins to spare. How I’m always running late when I’m up at 6am is beyond me!
Surprisingly, my morning does not involve me perched at an antique french dressing table seductively brushing my perfectly styled locks and applying bright red lipstick while my children sing songs and giggle together. Although this would undoubtedly make a beautiful Instagram photo it is most definitely not my reality! We all want to see pretty pictures, that’s what Insta is all about, but do I really want to feed into this idea of pursuing perfection? Do I want to be responsible for someone feeling the way that I often do; that I’m not good enough, that I’m failing at Instagram, at motherhood, at life?
No. I’d rather be the reason that someone feels better about themselves. And if seeing a picture of me in my mismatched underwear with a mumtum and doughy hips, shoving my hair in a ponytail while the kids scream blue murder at each other does just that then I will happily share it a million times! Because this is what motherhood looks like. It is real, it is honest and it is good enough. I AM GOOD ENOUGH. Actually, I’m pretty damn awesome!
I get up every morning (albeit reluctantly) and I juggle as many balls as I can that day. Sometimes I drop one; I lose patience with the kids, I don’t do the hoovering, I miss out on a blogging job, I forget to post on social media, I’m too tired to go for a run, we have frozen pizza for tea again… I’m not perfect, but I am completely normal. My life is not an Instagram grid and I’m not sure I’d want it to be. I’m doing my best and I’m trying to have fun along the way, so I say to hell with society’s ideals!
It’s time to ditch perfection and embrace your very own brand of awesome! Who’s with me?