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People say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. As a kid, I thought that was a weird expression. Why are we judging anyone? Just accept people for what they are and stop trying to put them into a mold. I get that doing that is harder than it sounds especially when people only show you what they want you to see. I mean in some shape or form everyone is an actor. I know several people who are great at putting on a show. You have to read between the lines.

Social media puts filters on people. It’s easy to be jealous of people’s lives when you are looking at them through a screen. People should show off how great their life is, but they should also show the part of life that isn’t so great. People are afraid to talk about hardships in life; like they do not happen. Life is not easy, and nothing is forever. I’m not saying everyone needs to put their secrets out there, but people should not feel horrible after looking at Facebook. If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say they saw “Mary” on Facebook. What? So you’re going to stalk her like a fan instead of living your life? Since when did “Mary” become the author of your life and you’re a supporting character?

So what’s the point of me writing this post? It’s not to bash social media or people’s postings. Nope, I love social media. I spend way too much time on the internet, but I have decided to stop and listen to people talk. I would like to be the main character in my life and not try to compete with others. I’m making a promise to myself to do what I want to do. I want to be present and actually look at the world. I do not want to judge the book by its cover. I don’t want to look at your Facebook page. I want to hear your voice.

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