Instagram Wonderland In A World Where We Still Eat Lemons
I went through my Instagram page today. The more I scrolled up – the better vibes I got.
Happiness. Sunshine. Summer holidays. Exotic destinations. Your baby’s first smile.
The discrepancy between the real world and what goes up to be hashtag gives me the chills.
You have probably found yourself jealous of someone you follow, of her perfect life.
But the beauty of life lies in not knowing what will cross your path. And the beauty of the Insta Wonderland is that you will mainly stumble upon pink flamingos and love.
Life gave me a bowl of lemons the moment I set foot back home.
It’s been tough to be around my grandfather who has already lost more than 50% of his weight.
… it’s been tough taking my grandmother to the hospital with a broken limb, with Philip running back and forth so that I can meanwhile breastfeed….It was tough to hear that rather than fully recovered in a few days time she had also broken her arm.
It’s been tough to witness my mom rushing out after a 10-hour workday to go take care of her parents…and my dad doing his best to stay cool and meanwhile support her as much as he can.
It’s been tough for Philip too, who, for the first time in his life, has moved out of Denmark.
It’s been tough to take of Sofia while everyone else was a mess…
It almost felt like I was waiting at Yellow Light to hit Green, somewhere in-between, stuck and almost oblivious to the fact that there is always another way out.
Get out of the car.
Life throws lemons at everyone and you’d hardly find time to mix them sugar and enjoy them as a summer-fresh lemonade.
Eat them raw. Learn to enjoy them. This is how we Grow. The planet rotates and so do our lives. Ups and downs, ultimate happiness, fear, grief, broken… and ultimately new lives.
Life is artificially perfect if you judge it by any blogger’s Insta page. Aw those pastels and heavenly places.
But no matter how perfect everything on Insta might appear – we all go through struggles. We all have our inner demons to fight. But there is always something to remind you that Foucault’s Pendulum always makes it to the other side.
Yesterday Sofia was having a bubble bath. She was holding two of her bathtub toys as trophies up in the air. But there was that little flower still free floating… that she all of a sudden went for it with her mouth. My mom and I caught her right when her mouth kissed the foam and we exchanged a cheeky smile – she just leaned for what she wanted without any understanding that she could drown or get soap in her mouth. Would you ever take the plunge without considering the risks? I doubt it… unless you have nothing to lose. Innocent, brave, naive… and so damn cute.
Exactly those precious situations are my reason to shake off the blues….
For you it might be a kiss from your loved one or the surrounding you nature that reminds you that while you might not be able to always control the situations you stumble upon, it’s entirely up to you to decide what face you are gonna make while chewing on that sour lemon.