With the many different social media outlets we have, it’s hard not to be inundated with pictures, videos, and updates on equestrians throughout the world. My Facebook feed is usually a rotation of people’s dogs and people’s horses.
As someone who blogs, I’m not shy about posting pictures on Instagram or Facebook, and often times I’ll put videos of a good ride Georgie and I may have had. And I enoy seeing other people’s pictures. But sometimes I wonder, “is it really going that well all the time for that rider? Because it definitely doesn’t go that well for me all of the time.” But all I ever see of the rider are these fantastic moments. And then I doubt myself and my ability. And I end up in a crappy head space.
During the height of competition season, FB is full of people posting pictures of horses with their hard earned ribbons, pictures of them sailing over jumps or rocking difficult dressage movements. To be honest, if FB were the judge of how things are going, life basically rocks for all of us.
I think in order to keep slogging through the tough days I need to remember that it probably isn’t great for others all the time.These posts are one moment in time. All a photograph is, is one moment, out of a gazillion moments, that we actually captured and shared. If we shared ALL the moments, well, no one would be interested in seeing them anymore, but also, we would share a more accurate picture of our lives and, essentially, our struggles. And honestly, it’s way harder to share the struggles than the victories.
In the age of information, I still feel like I’m always only seeing part of the picture. And I fully admit I contribute to the narrow lens of information as well. You don’t see me posting our crappy rides on FB.
I feel as though I am far more forthcoming about my struggles on my blog than I am on other social media sites. And I don’t quite know why that is. Pride, yes, but there has got to be more to it. Do any of you find this as well? Do you post a more accurate picture on your blog than you do on other sites?
So for me, I’ll probably keep posting the good stuff, the moments that felt fantastic and keep the harder moments hidden away. And to be honest, I’ll expect that most people will do the same. And I’ll enjoy their victories along with mine and keep slogging through the tough stuff.