What you don’t see

What you don’t see. ⁣

They say a picture tells a thousand words… ⁣
but a picture only shows so much. ⁣

A picture shows what happened in one second of that day, it doesn’t tell of the other 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. ⁣

Instagram is a highlight reel, ⁣what you don’t see about my adventures to Hawaii is the fact that the morning I was meant to leave I almost cancelled and didn’t go. ⁣

The day this photo was taken I could hardly move from my bed. I made it out for a drive and this was the only stop I could get out at. ⁣

Of course I was happy to be out and seeing something beautiful but what you don’t see in that moment is the pain, sickness and the fact my body was flaring 3 invisible chronic illnesses. ⁣

What you don't see, but you don't look sick, invisible illness

⁣So before you compare yourself to others on this app or in life remember you only see a tiny portion and things aren’t always as they appear. ⁣

I’m not sharing this in any way to get sympathy or attention I just want everyone to be mindful of others because you never know what is going on. Thank you to @chronicallyfatiguedmaka for the inspiration for sharing what you don’t see – you can see her post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9bR-VvgYjM/

Hope you’re all okay and be sure to check on your loved ones during this time. I love you all lots ❤️

27 thoughts on “What you don’t see”

  1. I’m sorry for how awful you felt on the day of that picture, and on so many days generally, but you’ve shown so well not just how social media portrays a certain story but how invisible illness is often overlooked simply because someone looks ‘fine’. Absolutely excellent post!
    Sending gentle hugs your way.xx

    1. Thank you so much for your love and support! We can definitely overlook and easy forget things when it comes to social media, I think sometimes we just need the reminder ahah
      Hope you are well xx

  2. You are so right with your words and I’m so sorry you felt that bad on this day. The picture is beautiful but it is true it show only one second of one day. We definitely should stop to compare as we never know the full truth. Please take care <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

      1. You’re welcome and it is wonderful we have the same opinion. Thanks for asking, fortunately I’m well. All the best and love <3 xx Rena

  3. I always think about this and despite the fact I’m well aware that we only post our best photos and our best ‘side’, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in this perception of perfection. Really enjoyed reading this Susie, thank you!

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    1. Yes it really is so easy to be wrapped up in the perfectionism! Aw thank you, I am so glad! I hope you are well x

  4. I’m so sorry to hear you felt like this, but really appreciate you sharing – I feel like it’s so easy to forget that a lot of what we see is a tiny snapshot of someone’s life. No matter how perfect someone’s life may seem, everyone is fighting their own battle. Hope you’re keeping well lovely.

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

  5. I agree! pictures on insta are mostly staged and they rarely show the negative sides of life. But let’s face it, no matter how real negativity is, I guess we can agree that nobody wants to see that in their spare time. We’ve become a society that values pleasure too much and ain’t is proof of that.
    I’ll pray for your health to improve day by day.

    1. Yes they are mostly staged, so very true. Yeah it makes sense but so easy to forget at times. Hope you’re okay <3

  6. What a beautiful spot and photo! I’m glad you could go visit even if you were feeling unwell, and I hope you were able to relax adn enjoy the rest of your trip a little more! 🙂

    Hope that your week is off to a good start! 🙂 We are on week 6 of staying at home but they have started to lift some restrictions which is nice! 🙂

  7. I like how you voice out your thoughts about the unnecessary stress in social media as I feel it too. But posts like this makes somebody wake up to reality or inspire to be more aware on what’s really going on. I hope you’re feeling better even in these uncertain times.


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