In the past week or so, I've seen two photographers I follow (Halie from @lovestoriesbyhalieandalec and @mercedesblethphoto) post images with transparent captions. They highlighted the good and the bad, the peace and the struggle. It's a more complete story. I respect this so much, and it's truly inspiring to me.
I think we're at a very interesting stage with social media. It's still pretty new, relatively speaking, and we're trying to figure out how to use it.
I think it's very natural for people to be selective about what they share online, just like people are selective about what they tell or show the people around them.
What I'm trying to say is, I believe sharing the whole story is a good thing, but it's not right for everyone. Some people only feel comfortable sharing the pretty, just like in their everyday lives. Honestly, I usually have a difficult time sharing how I feel with others and even with myself. But lately, social media has been an outlet (hopefully a positive one) for me. I hope it might help me be more transparent with the people in my life.
There are people who only share pictures of their vacations, their beautifully decorated homes, their perfectly prepared meals -- and that's okay. (I mean, there aren't a lot of people whose first reaction is to post a picture when something not-so-favorable happens. Not everyone is trying to tell a story with social media, I get it.)
But the truth is, that can create pressure.
Ultimately, what's important to me is that this is something people are thinking about, talking about and posting about.
And I'm glad that there are people out there -- some I know and some I just follow from a distance -- who are telling their whole stories.
I love storytelling. It's challenging. And if I learned anything from my studies of journalism it's that if you're going to tell a story, you have to gather -- and tell -- as much as you can about the topic. Even if what you find doesn't fit or if it disproves your original story idea.
So for this post, I'm sharing photos of my house in a messy state this past Saturday morning (actually, afternoon - Dad and I slept until after 12pm).
You're probably thinking, "So what, a messy house? Everyone's house gets messy." That's true. So I hope you can relate to these photos in some way.
I want to use this project is to share the whole story of what my home is truly like -- what home is truly like to me.
I'm still learning what it is.
Last week it was a messy house because I was lazy. I watched more TV than I would have liked to, and I stayed up too late. I ate crappy food and I didn't meditate hardly at all. I was upset with friends and friends were (and are) upset with me.
But here I am. Always learning and always changing, I hope.
Here's to finding out what Home will be like this week.
Also, I will say that there are still things I haven't and won't share online -- things that make me uncomfortable or sad. Some things are meant to be private, right? What do you think? Comment below if you'd like to add to these ideas about sharing or not sharing :)