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It can be easy to hide.




I think it's safe to say that we can all be different people depending on who we're with. The person you are sat at home with your family probably isn't the same person who stands in front of your boss. We hide different things from different people, and we aim to present the best version of ourselves to those who don't really know us, to those who we want to impress, or simply to those who we're not yet comfortable enough with to show the 'real' us.
The same goes for our online-selves. We're quick to un-tag ourselves from those slightly dodgy Facebook photo's, to share our good news on Twitter, or to show the world our favourite (and slightly edited) possessions, purchases, adventures and faces on Instagram. But does this represent our whole lives, all the time? No, of course it doesn’t. I never quite realised this as much as before I started blogging.  
When you start a blog, you basically put yourself on the internet, you give people, most of whom you've never met, a glimpse into your life. Whether this be directly through blog posts or vlogs on Youtube, or more often than not, regular Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram updates. But it's still just this, a glimpse.



Some bloggers are more open with their readers than others, and the one thing that has really amazed me more than anything from blogging, is just how strong minded a lot of bloggers are. I'm constantly inspired by all the mental health posts I read, people being so open about their thoughts, feelings, anxiety, depression, and not just having the strength to talk about it, but wanting to actually help others who might just be in the same position. This is something that I don't think I could ever do, and I admire every single one of you for it. You're all simply amazing.
No matter what the subject though, I think we've all probably written at least one personal post that's had us feeling a little bit sick at the thought of hitting that publish button. But, I bet they're the posts that you also get some of the best responses to, right? People love to read honest and real posts about the lives of others, and in a sense I think it brings a sort of comfort to us.
However, that still doesn't show everything, there's still a lot of things that we just don't share. You wouldn't record the stupid arguments you have with friends or family. You wouldn't tweet all the times when you suddenly feel down, when you feel completely crap about yourself and all you want to do is curl up in your bed with lots of chocolate and cry, and you probably definitely wouldn't share the reasons why. You wouldn't Instagram a photograph of your iPad screen while you start to google those symptoms you're getting, while convincing yourself you're about to pop your clogs because of some rare illness you've discovered on Wikipedia.

What I'm trying to say is that I think we sometimes forget about all the things we don't see on social media. Next time you start to think that someone seems to have it all together, and you wonder 'why can't my life be like theirs?', 'gosh, they don't seem to have a care in the world.', or 'I want to be as confident as them.', just remember that they might not actually have it all together. There's a chance they're still as confused and running around not quite sure what they're doing with their life as much as you!
Remember that we never really quite know what each other is going through either. We can all have times that are hard for us, and it's those times that we don’t broadcast to the world. It's just as easy to post happy and seemingly normal things on twitter while you're hiding under previously mentioned duvet as it is to post them when you're in the best mood you've been in all week.
Don't presume someone is just fine based on what they tweet. You can hide a lot behind social media.
Soph
 
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  1. Love this!
    I definitely thought loads of people on Instagram had 'perfect' lives until I started blogging and realised how much you hide from the online world.
    From hiding the pile of washing in the corner that you can't see in the image to only showing your hair on good days! It's all just a sugar-coated, rose-tinted version of your life!!

    Lou
    naturallybeige.com
    xx

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    1. Lou I think you just summed up what I was trying to say in a paragraph... do you wanna write my future blog posts for me? haha! Exactly! :) xx

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  2. Ya I love this and totally agree. I did a similar post a few months back about how people only show us what they want to see on social media and we should never compare our real life to someone elses online life.

    Sinead | Dreaming Again

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    1. That's exactly what I was trying to say, I'll definitely go have a read of yours hun!

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  3. I love this Sophie! It's definitely true that people only show positive sides of themselves so we should think twice about comparing or wanting their lives! Lovely post!
    Shazza x

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad I'm not the only one who's been thinking this!

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  4. I love this post! It's so important to realize that the people you admire online also have bad days, they are no different from you.

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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    1. Exactly, we're all the same I think! :)

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  5. Such an honest post Sophie! I love the positivity of the blogging world, however I have to admit that I am sometimes one of those said persons who thinks "why can't my life be more like theirs". But like you said we don't know what goes on behind closed doors!

    Maisie
    Thoroughlymodernmaisie.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm the same and I'm very guilty of that too! We really don't and I think it helps to remember this sometimes :)

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  6. I think it's really hard to remember that people just show you the snippets of theirs lives they want you to see, and in actual fact, their life could be far from perfect. It's so easy to portray a 'perfect life' on social media, and we need to remember that that is all it is when we start comparing ourselves to others on social media. Really well written post, enjoyed reading it and I totally agree with you!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. I couldn't agree more with what you've said here! Thank you lovely, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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  7. This is a great post and you're 100% right about everything. We hide A LOT on social media.. we post good news and leave out the bad. It's so so easy to create the 'perfect' world online because let's face it, we'd rather people read about that than all the rubbish we have to go through. Sometimes, it's good to read a post like this and gain perspective though xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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    1. Thank you so much Sam. I'm glad there's other people that agree! Thanks for taking the time to read sweet! xx

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  8. Amazing post Sophie. Literally this is so good. Also, the amount of times I am googling my symptoms and convinced I am going to die... haha. You outline such an important point here and I think this is something, especially us bloggers who are always on social media, need to remember!

    Sarah xxx || www.whatsasssays.com

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    1. Thank you Sarah! haha I think we all need to stop doing that! yes, definitely agree! xxx

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  9. Ahh Sophie! Every post you write I just fall in love with - you have such a talent!! It's very true; lots of 'big' bloggers seem to have amazing lives and it's so disheartening at times when you're stuck in a monotonous routine, whether it's uni assignments or work or whatever.. It's good to remember that we all have these little struggles. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. Ahhh Jessie! You are just way too lovely haha, thank you so much! Oh i know what you mean, but yeah, it really is :) x

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  10. Love this sophieeeeee! Too right about the ipad and the symptoms!!! haha gosh :( :)

    Gorgeous photos! When were you coming to take mine my new assistant! hahah!!

    Kayleigh xoxo
    www.veryberrycosmo.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Kayleighhhhhhh! haha tell me about it! Erm, tomorrow? You can pay me in cups of tea ;) xx

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  11. I love this. It's so true. I'm guilty of wishing my life was a good as other peoples but there is so much we will never see and also that we will never show. I love you sophie you special little human <3

    Emma xxxxxx
    Writing Essays With Wine

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  12. Very deep thoughts. I agree that we can change based on who is around us & that's exactly why it's so important to surround yourself with positive & inspiring people. :]

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