Back from vacation and enjoyed time off from the blog world. I noticed something happening with many family summer vacations as I watched people posting their summer travels. There were multiple posts on Facebook of all the places people vacationed. I mean every town, place of dining, shopping etc. There seems to be nothing left to talk about when I actually see the person. Which is really sad because I know I am missing all the good stories. Not to mention the real vacation. The 80 percent truth you don't hear about. Let's be real when posting family vacations (trips if your kids are younger than 13) it's not all smiles and fun. We all know what's happening on those vacations that is not showing up on Facebook. I'm going to have to agree with the article I read on The Stir website naming 6 things people need to stop bragging about… I think vacations may need to be added to the list if you are posting about the perfect trip you had… REALLY, no such thing?
Let me help you confess what you are not posting on Facebook.
* The plane ride where you sat next to the person who doesn't shut up. Or the person who brought a meal to feed an army and enjoyed it through the entire 6 hour flight.
*The car drive where someone threw up. The car that broke down.
*The constant fighting and disagreement on where to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
*The family member that drank too much on the trip and made an ass of themselves.
*The in-laws that invited themselves.
*All the times you got lost.
*The forgotten wallet, passport, ticket etc.
*The missed plane, extra baggage fees, forgotten underwear not packed.
*The mothers and wives still spinning like tops cooking and doing laundry on their 'vacation'.
One of the best vacations I read about was, 'What taking a vacation from Facebook can teach you!'
Facebook has invaded our vacations. Instead of just trying to get that great Christmas picture on vacation. We are all taking pictures for the next great post. Yikes! What's happening to us, what a waste of time. What makes the person enjoying a wonderful meal at a resort stop half way through to take a picture of their half eaten food. Do you really think we want to see a munched on meal? I've never been in the middle of a fabulous steak and thought, "Oh shit wait let me take a picture before I finish this delicious dinner." That's bat crazy!
Let me explain Facebook through my midlife eyes. To me it is a lot like Christmas Cards. I do social media as an update of sorts from family and friends to stay connected. The same way I love to get those cards in the mail during the holidays and see the family pictures. I love to see the changes a year can make. I want to see the special occasions, Birthdays, First Communion, Bart/Bat-mitzvah, Graduations, Reunions etc. posted on Facebook. Fifteen pictures of your family vacation is equivalent to the great aunt that writes the three page family history in the Christmas card with pictures of everywhere she visited and her mug (pic) in all of them. Who reads that… NO ONE! Maybe give us one - three pics, then when you come home share the good and the bad and let's enjoy the real vacation you took as a family. We don't need to see every city you visited in South Africa. Just the one amazing family picture. Now if you have a picture of your husband in the hospital bitten all over by fire ants… ya share that too!
Am I the only one who feels this way? Maybe? To all my friends out there, no I am not thinking of anyone in particular. It's just something I noticed while perusing through my news feed this summer. Truly, I hope everyone had safe vacations. Remember even the bad parts of a vacation stamp a wonderful memory in the history of your family. Think about it? The worst parts of most vacations end up making the best stories for the future! Another thing you may want to remember is not to post your vacations until you get home. There are now reports that show burglars are actually shopping for victims on social media. Read this Safety and Security article about What NOT to say on Facebook and Twitter. Even posting that you're out for dinner is an invitation for crime! Call me old fashioned but I would love to come over for a glass of wine and have a great talk and hear all about your vacation in person. That's what REAL friends do!
*Above image from Allfacebook
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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