Have you ever looked at a picture of a family and thought wow what a perfect family. I think a picture of a family can be a little deceiving. Everything in the picture looks great you have a mother and a father and children and they are smiling and happy and that makes them look perfect but is that just a mask or are they really that happy. I am sure they are happy but for one minute look at it differently maybe the parents are divorced and the parents are still civil with each other for the children and they are doing a family picture. Another instance maybe a blended family where the parents in the picture share children in the picture. That is what my family picture is and if you saw my picture you probably would of never guessed it. My point is there is more to the picture then meets the eye. Have you ever noticed that you only see pictures of good times such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and new babies, etc that is because no one wants to have a picture to remind them of the bad times. I think when kids get older or at any age for that matter they get irritated with taking family pictures and would rather be somewhere else doing something else. I know that is true in my family the above picture took a lot of persuasion to get taken. We were at Yellowstone National Park and there was this zoo area with some different animals and getting them all together was a huge task. I am always on the lookout when we are doing some things that I would like to remember them forever it is always PICTURE TIME!!!!….lol that makes the kids cringe. This picture for example my step daughter is sitting on the tree like that because she saw a tiny spider on it and she did not want to sit on the log. I had to beg her for like 5 minutes to please sit on the log so we could snap the picture and then we would be done. The boys have a story as well…I had to ask them to pose like that they were just going to stand there with their hands by their side. They did not like it because it was hot that day and they wanted to hurry and get it done. Just when I got them to cooperate my step daughter noticed the spider….ugh!!!! Now this is my favorite because of the little backstage drama…lol
Remember that the next time you look at someones picture that you are only looking at a little 15 second snapshot of their life and we are not there for what really happens so try not to judge them from that picture alone. There is no perfect family (no matter how good the picture looks) and that is ok because if your family was perfect and never made mistakes you would get really bored. I am learning that I don’t have to do everything all myself and it is ok if my house is dirty for a day. (I may not like it but I am learning to let it go and carve out some time for myself) This year has given me a new outlook on life and I am starting to see things in a new way. I am enjoying this journey that I am on to the new me and it has only been 28 days and I look forward to the rest of the year and many new opportunities and more life changing experiences.
Until next time,