Of course we aren't going to air all of our dirty laundry for the whole world to read. Life as a wife and mother is hard, and if things SEEM perfect on our blog or Facebook then maybe reality will catch up. Unfortunately, there is a catch to this method: By making ourselves seem perfect to the outside world we are setting ourselves up to be very lonely. No one wants to hang out with Super Mom and feel inadequate. Meanwhile, Super Mom is lonely and exhausted from putting on this impossible front of perfection.
I have had so many friends and family members call me Super Mom, and I try. I try so hard that I am constantly exhausted. The truth is I am NOT Super Mom. I am "Just-doing-my-best-and-sometimes-not-even-that Mom". I have 2 children with ADHD whom I adore, but absolutely drive me up the wall. My third child tantrums day and night and won't go to sleep without being held. It is exhausting. There are times when I should be crafting with my kids, or reading to them, but instead I let the TV babysit while I Facebook.
I am constantly stressed out and suffer from anxiety and depression. I'm not always sad. In fact, I am very happy with my life the way it is, but that is partly because I take antidepressants. I also cope with stress by over-eating. I am the heaviest I have been in years because I eat to deal with stress. Some people drink. Others smoke. I eat. I'm honestly not sure which is worse.
I craft and crochet because they are outlets for my frustration. When I turn something ordinary into something beautiful it gives me hope that I can do the same with my life. I blog because you all make me feel less alone. I'm telling you all my deepest, darkest secrets because I need it, and maybe so do you. In a world of Pinterest where everything SEEMS perfect I want you all to know that you are not alone in your imperfection. My life is imperfect and stressful, and I am the most imperfect factor in that equation, but I wouldn't trade my life for a Pinterest life.