Not Everything Is As It Seems

This week I was thinking about how I wanted to continue my Instagram grid from what I started a few weeks ago. My last post was on May 4th so it’s a been a minute and I’m losing followers fast. I had an idea, but it would take time to execute.

I’m working on a whole post about how I’m doing my Instagram grid layout if you’re interested in seeing more, stay tuned for that. I was honestly super inspired by Pete Davidson’s current grid layout.

Once I got everything ready for the overall theme, I had to gather pictures. I’m still a little ways away from starting my trip and in an effort to protect my location I’m not publicly sharing where I am until after I’ve left. This created a problem for me. On a grid totally devoted to one trip, what do I post when I haven’t left yet?

I had a few photos of what the inside of my car looks like and how Flint was adjusting.


But I had this one photo looking out of the back of my open hatch laying in my car in my parents’ driveway. I love everything about this photo, except the view. It’s of their neighbor’s house.


I wanted the view to be a little more exciting.

Originally, I thought I would go take a photo of something nearby and not super interesting. That way I wouldn’t be too deceiving and it would look fairly normal. But then I thought it might be fun to get a little crazy.

So in about a span of 15 minutes, I cut out the view of my parents’ neighbor’s house, found a stock image I liked, and placed it in the original image. I adjusted the coloring to make it a little closer and I saved it. You can see the final post with filters and everything on Instagram here.

But here it is before I put filters on it:


Other than it just being a fun activity and a chance to practice my Photoshop skills, I thought this could be a nice teachable moment.

The lesson is pretty simple: when you’re scrolling through Instagram and you see people having the time of their lives in a bunch of different places, just remember this only took me 15 minutes. Imagine what I could do with more time and maybe a little more skill.

Gabbie Hanna recently made a YouTube video where she faked going to Coachella in a series of Instagram posts that were 100% Photoshopped.

It’s not uncommon. It actually happens quite a bit.

I know a lot of us, myself included, are guilty of Instagram FOMO. It can be overwhelming to see so many young people out there living the life you wish you could be living. But that’s not fair to you.

Instagram isn’t real.

Instagram doesn’t show you how the photos were faked. It doesn’t show you the time in between the photos: the times when you haven’t bathed or slept for days, your food went bad, or your boots broke. Instagram only shows the good. And sometimes the fake.

My good friend Cambria at Adulting 201 recently wrote a post about the joy of missing out and I thought it was a beautiful idea. We could all use a little more JOMO. So go read her post, remember that photo only took me 15 minutes, and go live the wonderful life you may already be living!