The Truth Behind The Flamingo

I don’t know about you, but I can’t go a day on social media without seeing someone posing on an inflatable swan, flamingo or any other kind of rubber poultry. It’s an elegant, relaxed and fun snap all wrapped into one. On my recent holiday, I gave recreating this shot a go. The process was far from elegant and relaxed… 

First of all, do you have any idea how long it takes to blow one of the big things up?! After a good hour, a purple face and my lunges ready to collapse, Francis (the flamingo) was ready for his photo shoot.

If you thought getting on a lilo was a challenge, this is a whole new level. Below I have posted a video of me trying to get on Francis and achieve the ever-so-popular Instagram shot.


As you can see, far from glamorous. This just goes to show that what you see on social media isn’t necessarily the truth. It’s a filter of our lives; only showing it in the best light and edited to depict any kind of lifestyle we want, no matter how accurate to reality. This is why it’s so important not to compare yourself to other people, not only in the media, but in general.

Take the swan and flamingo: the swan could try and be like the flamingo: try to turn pink and stand on one leg. But she’s still going to be a swan, elegant and timeless. Whilst the flamingo, to be more like the swan, could attempt to drain her colour and make herself shorter but she’ll still be an exotic, leggy red head. They’re both equally beautiful, just in their own ways. Just like us women.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

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