Does inspiration inspire you? I mean, we see it everywhere. Every social media platform has people sharing inspirational quotes and articles and has everyone claiming how it has, “CHANGED THEIR LIVES.” Now it is not like I don’t believe them, I just don’t believe all of them. I mean some of those amazing life changing articles have MILLIONS of shares, and if everyone was so inspired and changed their lives…..why is everything still the same. I have read those articles, I am still stressed, overwhelmed, and most of the time feeling like I am slowly sinking.
Now I know I may just be one of those people who that article just didn’t work on. But those same people who said, “LIFE CHANGING!” on that article, will turn around and talk about how they are struggling trying to be a good parent or wife the next week. I often wonder why we pretend that reading inspirational quotes and articles constantly changes our lives. They are sort of like a false advertising for peoples lives or the lives that they want to lead.
I am not saying I am not guilty of falling into the hype of covering my house in inspirational paraphernalia. I feel like you go into any store and all the pictures you can buy are covered in motivational quotes and sayings. Now I used to love this, which is why every room in my house is covered in them. But as I have gotten older (probably not wiser) I have realized that these just are not realistic. The more time I spent reading these signs everyday the more I realized that they didn’t even pertain to my life and it was unrealistic to think my life would ever be as perfect as they made it seem.
I mean one of the most popular quotes is, “Please excuse the mess, the children are making memories.” I mean, I HATE THAT QUOTE! The only thing you are teaching your kids is not to pick up after themselves. Or your are convincing yourself that you don’t have to clean because your kids are, “making memories.” I highly doubt your kids are going to think back on the messes they made fondly. Do you remember making a mess when you were young and cherish that memory? I just wish there were more real life sayings out there. Such as, “Don’t beat yourself up if not everyday is rainbows and butterflies when your a parent.” Or, “I’m usually frustrated, oh well.” I’m guessing my ideas probably wouldn’t sell well in a store.
There is just something people like about the illusion of perfection. They want people to think they have the perfect family, perfect kids, perfect life. I feel like by having the perfect inspirational wall gallery you are just adding icing to the cake. But lets be real, parenting is not easy and it is not always like those beautiful inspiration quotes your read. Reading those inspirational quotes and stories just makes me feel nothing now and I wonder if they really truly work for people. Do they work for you? What types of things motivate you?