Curated Lives and Social Media Stories

It’s often said that social media, like all the best superpowers, is a tool that can be used for good or for evil. But it also enables us to curate our lives.

Through social media posts, we decide what others see.

And perhaps more tellingly what they don’t.

Often our Instagram photographs, Facebook statuses, and pithy tweets become a highlights package. A life lived through flashy filters. A life without struggles.

Sometimes it goes the other way.

All of the woe and none of the joy.

Neither tells the full story.

Think about the posts you put forward. And the story you want to tell.

Next time you browse social media. Next time you compare your life to others, remember it is but a highlights package, a greatest hits, a story half told.

Curate wisely.

Do What You Can

Michael David Wilson doing what he can

Doing what I can—all slinged-up with my little partner-in-crime.

Do what you can with the time, resources, and restrictions you have.

Never demand anymore. Never beat yourself up for not being able to achieve more than is possible.

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a call to accept your limitations as permanent.

Do strive to improve your situation.

Do try to move the goal posts.

Do free up more time.

Do lessen restrictions.

Do maximise resources.

Since mid-March, my life has undergone a series of changes. My wife and I moved back from Japan, had our first daughter (three months old today), and have had no fixed abode since our return to the UK.

The new is exciting, the new is scary, the new is tough, sometimes agonising, other times beautiful.

But everything is transient.

And change is coming.

Change is always coming.

Next month we move to a new place, to our place, and the goal posts move once more.

The month after there’ll be more changes. And the month after. And the month that follows.

So remember, do what you can with the time, resources, and restrictions you have.

Never demand anymore. Never beat yourself up for not being able to achieve more than is possible.

And remember, you can do anything you want but you can’t do everything you want.