Heres to a better 2021
In these difficult times family is so important.
And always being there for each other.
22.30pm Thursday night.
Chatting about how the perceptions of the perfect body and young women’s positive body image has been dramatically and adversely affected with the advent of social media, especially over the last 10 years. .
Back in the day – in the 1970s, the decade in which my novel “Secrets in the Dark” is set – young women would have scrutinised their bodyshapes in the mirror, wishing they could have been slimmer, taller or even bigger breasted – looking more like their favourite model or pop star – and addressed their issues with a dramatic diet or some slimming pills.
They never had the pressure of negative online peer judgement and the skewed perceptions of online reality versus real life, causing comparison anxiety, unrealistic ideals of perfection and mental health issues.
Wednesday was National kindness day.
Do you know what’s really going on in people’s lives? Your friends? Your family? Your neighbours? Those you follow on social media?
Would you like to know if your friends or family are ok?
Do you ask?
Are you interested? .
Is what you see posted on Instagram the reality? Or is it an edited or filtered version of their reality?
The version they prefer you to see and maybe you choose to believe.
Do you believe everything you see?
What is real and what is not?
Do you compare?
Does it give you comparison anxiety?
Do you think you are not as successful, pretty, slim, rich, fit, popular as those you follow? .
Remember, nothing is ever as it seems.
Just as in @hotpatooties new book that I’m currently reading. The story is so true. .
Every single one of us has stuff going on in our lives that we may or may not want to discuss.
But it’s always nice to be asked.
You can always say thank you and everything is ok. Or no it’s not. And know someone is always there to listen to you.
So reach out.
Be kind and understanding.
And never judge a book by its cover.
You may be surprised at what lies inside. .
Btw- the photo is of myself and my son and daughter. .