December 5, 2018

Nowadays, it is so easy for people to judge others based on what they post on social media. We see picturesque photographs of ‘influencers’ in different parts of the world, and we think to ourselves that they must have perfect lives. But that is not always the case, because, to be honest, ‘influencers’ have bad days too.

For every photo I post on social media, people are so easy to comment positive stuff. Sometimes they would even say that they wish they had my life. But let me tell you this, my life is mine and it is not perfect–I have bad days too.

It is true, I am living my dream life. But with this dream comes a lot of obstacles and bumps along the road. I may post that perfect photograph by the beach in Africa, but I never tell anybody about the struggles that I have faced in order to get to be where I am now.

Sometimes there are days when I feel like I did not make the right choice. I see my friends getting engaged or married, and I would look at myself and think that I am all alone. There are days when I would see my friends from university getting higher positions at their jobs, and I would be happy for them, but I think I get sad thinking that I would not be there to celebrate their accomplishments. Most days I think about the fact that I am not there to see my brothers grow up because I am always abroad. It really hurt me when my paternal grandmother died and I could not afford a plane ticket back to the Philippines to attend her funeral–I settled for a live stream viewing via Facebook. I could go on and on about the things that keep me up at night, but I will choose not to.

You see, my life is not perfect. To be truthful, it is far from perfect. But this life is mine, and I this is the path that I chose. For sure, there are more good days than bad days, but to say or to make assumptions that someones life is perfect is just too shallow.

In this modern age, we can reveal our lives to people from all over the world. We can inspire people to follow their dreams and pursue their passions, but we can also inspire them to be jealous. I hope we do not do the latter.

For sure, there are more good days than bad days. There may be some people who would prefer to not have bad days at all. I mean, who in their right minds would want to wake up in the morning and say to themselves, “Wow! I want to have a bad day today!” It does not work like that. But in this life, we need the bad days too. It is how life works.

As for me, I would gladly take these bad days whenever they decide to arrive. Because these bad days make me appreciate the good days even more. They are necessary to endure because these bad days make us strong, faithful, and worthy of all the good days to come.

So the next time you find yourself having a bad day, just smile. Then tell yourself, “This too shall pass.” Because, trust me, it will.

“The Lord says: ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.”

Isaiah 29:13 NIV

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