Highlight Reel… Is It Real?


highlight reelI don’t post often on social media. I do post when I write and share the blogs, but I don’t post much else. The times that I do hop on for a moment, I tend to see a highlight reel of my friends’ lives, but… is what they share in those reels real life?

Most likely my kids or husband will tag me in birthday, anniversary, or family events posts, but I’m really pretty quiet on social media myself.

I don’t get sappy on social media when it is our anniversary, even though I have tons to say about how blessed I am to have found the love of my life and how grateful I am to him for loving my boys as if they were his own. I love all six of my kids and am so proud of what they have and are accomplishing, but I rarely, if ever, post about them. I feel all the feels; I just don’t post about it.

I also don’t post when I am hurt or upset at someone or send a cryptic message over Facebook hoping that the ONE person I want to see it, does. I don’t post when my feelings are hurt or when parenting has me on the struggle bus.

I love to scan social media and keep up on all of my friends and loved ones, see how big your kids have grown, or see whatever happened to my first little love – my square dance partner boyfriend in Kindergarten. I love to send personal messages on Facebook to let a friend know I am praying for them or send a message on Instagram if I see your reel about some man cooking for you.

I do get stuck in the trap of looking at your social media, and it can be a dangerous place.  I see the fun that you are having, the concert you are going to, or the exotic beach that you are visiting, and I do a little comparison to my life.

Why is your highlight reel so amazing?

As I sit over here in my corner of the world with a highlight reel that involves some very different things, I quite frankly feel my own life is pretty short of amazing. But, that’s not true. My life is amazing, and I have so much to be thankful for.

I have come to the realization that if I posted EVERYTHING that went on in my life and you posted EVERYTHING that went on in your life, our highlight reels would be real – full of all the ups and downs that are part of everyday life… and not just the pretty stuff or happy times.

Your highlight reel, is it REAL?

Stay rooted in real life, and don’t ever let comparison be the thief of your joy.

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Cheryl Brackemyre
I am a Buckeye by birth, but LOVE Louisville. We have cheered for those Louisville Cardinals for a few years when my stepdaughter played basketball in Louisville and fell in love with the city! I live in Ohio with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially a Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa) since May of 2022 and have 2 grandsons with a 3rd on the. My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage, we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand.


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