We look pretty perfect. Like the quintessential all-American family. Don’t we?
The only thing missing in the picture is our adorable, chocolate labradoodle, Gracie, with a Christmas bandana around her neck.
It’s a great picture, if I do-so-narcissistically-say-so myself, as the mother in this photogenic crew.
Just because I know how to pull together coordinating outfits and shoes, hire a professional photographer, and put lots of make-up on and smile just right, does not a perfect family make.
You know that and I know that.
But why do we ASSUME that because “someone is cute and wears designer jeans” as Glennon Doyle Melton (momastery.com) says, “that they have it all together?”
There’s a quote that keeps getting passed around Facebook. I love it. It’s truth. Listen to it:
“EVERYONE YOU MEET IS SILENTLY FIGHTING A BATTLE. BE KIND.”
For us Patays, the obvious battle I am so vocal about is living with Ryan’s disability (Prader-Willi syndrome.) If you have been following my blog long enough, you know how much I vomit it all out. But of course, there’s a thousand other battles going on in our family.
Don’t be afraid to share, to vent, to offer honest stories and struggles.
Because EVERYONE and every family has something going on in their lives that make them uncomfortable. No one family or marriage is perfect.
Let me say that again. No family is perfect. Nobody is perfect. No one’s life is perfect. No matter how “pretty” you are, with a pretty house, and pretty garden, with pretty circumstances, you all struggle with something. We ALL do. I know I do.
Do you have anyone in your life that you openly and freely share without any filtering and photo-shopping?
Why not be vocal? Why not share? Why not try vulnerability and a little transparency?
We all like to post about our food, our restaurants, our genius and athletic kids, our vacations, our homes, and our oh-so-fun social lives on Facebook. (Ok, not EVERYONE is on FB, and a sick, serial post-er like me, but you get what I mean.) Why not post your struggle, your weakness, your failure? Not in a poor-me way, but in an attempt to show your humanness and connect with others in such a humbling way? For 2014, lets all give up pretending, masking, and posturing. Just be who you are.
Who wants to go first? I will hold your hand. And be non-judgmental. I will cry, laugh, and listen, listen, listen. To your heart. Now give it a try.