There's been a lot of talk about this lately, about the importance of being "real." About celebrities photographing themselves without makeup and Dove featuring women with something closer to normal bodies in their ads. And while sadly some of this is indeed just trendy (how sad is it that it is just a "trend" to be authentic!), I'm hoping that at least within the circle of people I call friends or at least acquaintances, it'll continue. For me, it just doesn't get old.
I men, there is actual Facebook depression going on out there, people! People are literally becoming more depressed the longer they spend on Facebook because they think everyone else is out on a beach or picnicking in the park (no ants, of course) or baking perfect birthday cakes for their endearing children.
In the vein of "We're Not Pinterested," I'd love to run an ongoing feature that would hopefully bring joy and maybe relief to someone's life (by relief, I mean, relief that they're not the only one who picked the snack their kid dropped off the dirty grocery store floor and gave it back to them, just to keep them quiet. Guilty as charged).
I'd call my feature "The Rest of the Story," because of those old Paul Harvey radio spots where he'd go on and on with the back story of some famous person or event before it was famous and then conclude with his signature, "And now you know...the rrrrest of the story."
There's more than enough material for this feature, but I'll share just a few possibilities.
How about this picture-perfect scene of a lighthouse in Portland, Maine? Perfect day, right? Except -- yeah, no. When I snapped this picture, it was 95 degrees, we were all sweating profusely, and someone was whining they needed to go to the port-a-potty. Five minutes later we headed back to our car, which was completely trashed due to being away for a week on vacation, and everyone started crying because we hadn't found anything to eat.