facebook on new year’s eve

Don’t venture into that world that is socially blue

On the night when the Earth has made a full circle

As the faces that glare out of pictures online

Will haunt and will taunt and sneer at your life.

You’ll see inside houses that have islands in kitchens

And living rooms like a Habitat ad.

And there is the girl with her boiler in view,

Walls with holes and doors that don’t match.

I wish I’d not looked into those windows

Into the lives of people I met once,

The people who I mocked for being a bit stupid

And now I am realising they’re richer than me.

I’m not actually as bitter as this poem makes me out to be. I love all my friends and I think people with money and lovely houses are very deserving of everything they have.

However, sometimes I feel those tendrils of jealousy wrapping around my heart and Facebook is not a good place for easing that problem. On New Year’s Eve (particularly this year) you are subjected to seeing inside every house of every friend, and they’re all better than yours.

However, this year, more than ever, I’ve realised just how much I love my little flat and everybody in it. I feel so blessed and actually quite proud that I have made a home and run it smoothly for the entirety of 2020. Four years ago I would have struggled to do that for more than a month, so that’s a win.

Be proud of everything you’ve achieved this year. No matter how small your achievement was, you’re amazing.


Rachel xx

11 thoughts on “facebook on new year’s eve

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Happy New Year! I love your way of looking at the whole Facebook phenomenon. I’m on FB a lot, as that’s how I keep in contact with a lot of friends and colleagues, etc.. But it is important to remember that the point is maintaining relationships, not comparing the size of the kitchen or seeing whether the furniture is new. In the end, those things simply don’t matter.

    1. patientandkindlove

      It’s a battle for me to remember all the time. I think that as a child I was told that I could only be loved it I was successful and perfect, so I see perfect lives and think the worst. Sorry, that’s a bit deep, but I think that’s where it might come from!

  2. Ingrid

    Happy New Year to you! I give up on Facebook, it’s much nicer in the real world and if you have your own place and a family you’re a winner 🥳🎊🎉

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