In case you are behind the times, there's a wildly popular social media site called Pinterest. For those of you who are unfamiliar, allow me to describe it:
Pretend you are in the kitchen of an OCD woman with way too much free time. She has an entire wall of space dedicated to organization.
Now, this wall would contain something very different from a typical kitchen mission control center — It wouldn't just be littered with her children's soccer schedules (I mentioned that she has free time, right? She's obviously childless...). It also wouldn't have hooks for her husband's always-missing keys (or retainer. Please call the Reverend if you've seen it...). It would have an entire wall of cork boards.
These cork boards would be neat and tidy. They'd each have a category, and those categories would probably be arranged in alphabetical order.
For example, our hypothetical OCD woman might have an entire board dedicated to her future wedding. (We already established she has no spot for her husband's keys/retainer so it's safe to assume that's because there is no husband.) On this specific cork board, she would pin any magazine article, newspaper clipping, color swatch, or sample that might give her inspiration for how she will someday plan her special wedding day.
Next to that cork board, she'd have another one full of craft projects she'd like to make, or maybe activities she could try with her future children. There might be a whole board dedicated to gardening and landscaping. And (obviously) south of the "just desserts" recipe board would be a board full of exercises and healthy eating tips.
So for explanation's sake, Pinterest is that lady's crazy-organized wall, but without all the cutting and pin-pushing.
Pinterest an internet site where people, primarily women (don't blame me Pinterest-using dudes, Wikipedia said it first), organize all the things they'd love to do/try/wear/accomplish/eat in the future.
For example, I personally have a board dedicated just to home organization. This board has ninety-eight great ideas pinned to it. Every one of them would help my home be a better, more organized place; I have tried and completed two of them. Two. My coffee table/trunk now contains all my important hanging files and one time I used vinegar and baking soda to wash my bath towels to remove the smell of funk. Thankyouverymuch.
I have never heard of anyone who has done every pin on a single board. (I have, however, heard of many people who have recorded the trying and flopping of pins.) Things pinned on Pinterest are neat-o ideas from an ideal, but unrealistic world. They could only be perfectly executed in a land where everyone possessed an unlimited supply of hot glue guns and 30,000 soda can tabs.
Like me, most people have only successfully executed a very small number of the pins on their boards.
That is reality.
But if you are anything like me, you regularly forget reality.
I (and many others) have a chronic condition called "Pinterest Envy."
As I search the internet, read blogs, and pin pins, I see only the things that the authors and crafters have chosen to share. I see, for the most part, perfection.
I see the insides of kitchen cabinets painted with chalkboard paint. I see plant hangers turned on their sides and used as "pull-backs" for curtains. I see boots hung from pants hangers. I see curtain rods repurposed to keep pot lids in place.
I begin to envy the seeming perfection and organization of the homes featured in each of the pins, but I am quick to forget that these pins are not all from the same home.
The woman with organized boots may not even own the lids that go with all her pots anymore.
The person who repurposed his plant hanger possible did so out of necessity, as his curtains were repeatedly being clawed by his cat.
The chalkboard paint on the insides of the cabinets seems like a great idea in theory, but I often wonder if the owner regrets that decision when the chalk dust flakes onto the clean dinnerware.
But when I browse the internet, I regularly forget reality and am overcome with Pinterest envy.
Everyone else's lives seem perfect in comparison to mine.
Dear friends, I hope you don't feel the same way about me!
I've had so many people say things to me like, "Wow, you're such a great mom." or "You never seem to lose your patience." or "Nasko has adjusted so well. You guys have just done everything right!"
Well, fear not. I plan to burst those bubbles and shatter that disillusionment this week. I'm preparing a series to combat "Pinterest Envy" here on my blog. Everyday, I'm going to share some of the less-than-perfect moments of our lives, and I'm going to do it with my head held high.
Y'all, it's about to get real up in here.
I don't post for pity or because I'm self-loathing. I'm posting because I want all of us to remember that no one else's life is perfect. We may have hanging file folders in our coffee tables and bath towels that smell like springtime, but we may also have burned a giant spot into one of our favorite pillows because it was too close to the fireplace (and we may have said to ourselves, "It smells like roasting marshmallows in the living room. How nice." until our husband came home and freaked out.) Not a single one of us is living a perfect life, in a perfect house with a perfectly manicured lawn, while our perfect kids play the piano and violin simultaneously. That's not reality.
So join with me this week and let's shatter that Pinterest Envy here on Moments Defined.
Let's get real!