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“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steve Furtick
I recently came across the quote above and I find myself thinking about it often lately…
- I look at another family and think that their children are just so much better behaved than mine. Compared to their kids, mine are monsters.
- I follow a real food blogger and see all their posts on soaking grains and fermenting foods. I then, look around my kitchen and see the all purpose flour and see that yogurt is the most fermented thing I’ve tried.
- I go to the grocery store and I settle for those organic but not pasture grazing perfect eggs and there are even some things in my cart that are not even organic or eek…. processed!
- My kids have already tasted fast food like McDonalds and even worse, it’s not a “forbidden food”.
- When it comes to attachment parenting, I am NOT a poster mom. For that matter, I’m hardly a poster mom for a very loving, sympathetic mom. (Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids… it’s just not my personality to be very sympathetic…)
I know I’ve often felt that I’m nowhere near as natural as I should be. I read other natural bloggers and see other crunchy friends and think that I’m just so far away from what they are.
I’m not alone in this thinking either. All of us are so quick to see how “perfect” everyone else is and to see all of our flaws.
When You Think Everyone Is More Natural Than You
Remember (as my husband often reminds me)… We only get to see everyone’s “highlights”, we aren’t seeing behind their closed doors.
- That family with the “perfect” kids… they probably had a tantrum once they got home.
- That real food blogger with all their fermented food… there’s probably a candy bar somewhere in the house.
- Those less than perfect eggs I buy? At least they are organic now! I’ve come a long ways!
- My kids knowing what McDonalds tastes like…yeah, I’m not thrilled but just the other day they were saying they wanted fruit instead of candy for snack, that’s a win… plus McDonalds sometimes just means that mommy stays sane and that’s necessary.
- I’m not a perfect mom…but I’m still striving to be better and I love my kids. Not to mention there is no perfect parenting method; what works for one family might not work for mine.
If you feel like everyone is more natural than you. It’s okay we all feel that!
Just remember that odds are they aren’t perfect either and as long as you keep trying that’s all that is needed.
As I’ve always said, being crunchy or natural isn’t instantaneous and it’s never finished… it’s a journey.