Choosing Joy (in running and social media)

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Cadence will say “cheese” just once for the camera and after that, she’s done. 👶😂 Quick family run after work tonight. 🙌. It’s one of my very favorite things to do. ❤️ Love tank full. ✔️ Maggie even got to join because it’s just a tad cooler lately. 🐕

Lately I have seen a few people write posts about how “fake” everyone is on social media and how we only post the good stuff. I don’t know that I think it’s such a bad thing to write about all of the good stuff going on in our lives. Do you? As runners, we know more than anything that the mental side to running and life is more than half the battle. If we look at all of the good in our lives, it’s got to make the dark days look a little brighter, right?

Don’t get me wrong, I think transparency and honesty are great with the right medium and the right audience. But I really think it’s pretty great to post our good days and smiley babies on social media. Sometimes I start to write something about a crummy day, and then I realize as I type it out how incredibly blessed I am. Who am I to complain that I had a bad night of sleep with my baby? I have a friend who just lost her baby. I’m going to enjoy waking up with Cadence until I’m blurry eyed.

I have posted some of my tougher days on Instagram, mostly involving Cadence and being a working mom.  Even then, I feel a little trite because I have an amazing job (I work for my dad) and I have amazing co-workers (who all support my passions).  Don’t get me wrong, I think reaching out when you are struggling is a great way to use our community.  I have gotten SO MUCH support from the community of runners and mommas!!! But I don’t feel like it’s fake to not post about every headache and traffic jam. I’d just rather post about the delicious cake that I’m eating or morning baby snuggles.  🙂

I also think it makes us better runners to focus on the positive things in our lives. Daily stress is just as bad as the cumulative stress of training. I’m sure that I’ll have days when I just want to complain, and I know that this community of runners will be so supportive to lift me up and cheer me on, but in the meantime, I’m choosing joy when I can.

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

What do you think? Is it fake to not post the good and the bad?

I mean, how can I complain when I’ve got this cuteness right beside me?!

13 thoughts on “Choosing Joy (in running and social media)

  1. I think as long as you are REAL and HONEST, the haters can take a frikken hike!!!
    My motto is PMA! Positive Mental Attitude and if I can keep that up, makes tackling the difficult days a whole lot easier.
    I am with you! Choose joy… life is too short not to celebrate happiness!
    And yeah, WELL… with THAT bundle of cuteness *smiles* how could you not help it!

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  2. I’m with you on aiming to look at the positive! Even when it seems like everything is going wrong, there is so much to be thankful for. Why complain about a messy house when you can instead be thankful that you have a home? Why complain about work when you can instead be thankful to be gainfully employed? I could go on and on. I’m guilty of complaining as much as the next person, but I always try to re-frame it and choose to be thankful! I’ll help if someone needs it, but I would rather read about everyone’s positives and celebrate with them.

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  3. There is a difference between choosing joy and pretending to be perfect! Finding joy in everything is what we are called to do… even in times of pain and struggle! I think as long as we approach our joy with some humility, we can’t go wrong!

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  4. I think it’s mostly upsetting for the people who are affected by it. Social media has an effect on some people where they start to think people only have shiny lives and then are even harder on themselves for not being as perfect as everything seems to be on social media. People need to realize that what we put on social media is only a small part of our lives. Little snips. No one posts about a melt down, but everyone has melt downs! I think people are concerned when they start comparing themselves to others, but comparing yourself to others via social media is NOT the way to do it, especially if you don’t intimately know the person you’re comparing yourself to! I think comparisons and social media are dangerous for people who perceive social media to be the real lives of people, instead of how I view it- a scrap book of my favorite moments.

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    • Yeah, you are right! It can be tough to get stuck in the comparison trap! I do it too. You see someone running really strong while you are sidelined by an injury, etc… But at the end of the day, we have to protect our hearts from comparison and remember where our worth really comes from. ❤️

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    • Yes! I get so much motivation and inspiration seeing everyone’s successes and training goals. You, for one, always make me feel inspired with all of your stroller running! Everyday isn’t easy, but we’ve got a lot to be thankful for. ❤️

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  5. That is one of my favorite verses as I am such a worrier! Love your perspective. No one has a perfect life but I love seeing positive encouraging people on social media! I don’t think it’s being fake not posting the bad. We have so much negativity in the world, I would rather surround my world with as many positive vibes as possible 🙂

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