You only see what they want you to see

What you didn’t see

Social media can be great. But it can also be very isolating and lonely.

Just remember as you’re scrolling through your feed, comparing your life to the ones you see in those tiny squares, that people only share what they want you to see.

It’s a curated selection of perfection which is wonderful to look at but it’s not always the full story. This rhyme is about the other half of the story. 

Half the story

You saw the first photos of my baby,
But you didn’t see any of the anxiety crushing down on me.
You saw many photos as my baby grew,
But you didn’t see any of the struggles I went through.
You saw all the happy photos of our days of fun in the sun,
But you didn’t see the darker days – not a single one.
You saw the happy photos of our date nights,
But you didn’t see any of our rows or fights.
You saw the pictures of my friends and me,
But you didn’t see the times where I was withdrawn and lonely.
You saw the photos of my smiling grin,
But you didn’t see any of the suffering within.
You see a lot on Instagram but remember what you see,
Isn’t the full picture – it’s just half the story.

This poem was originally shared on Facebook and Instagram for Mental Health Awareness Week as part of the #honestgram campaign.

The campaign, launched by Head Talks, aims to encourage us all to have more honest and open conversations about how we’re really feeling online.

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10 thoughts on “What you didn’t see

  1. So, so true. And if you do share you see your friends list dwindle. People should be more understanding, no-ones life is as rosy as they depict, there is always something lurking beneath. x
    #blogcrush

  2. WE all do it, to a greater or lesser degree. Being confessional is sometimes us at our most dishonest: carefully curating the “confession”, which is often more truthfully an exercise in justification!! But would we really share EVERYTHING? Naw, we have to be careful and mindful of ourselves and others. Share yes, but not the lot. #TheSatSesh

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