The online world is merely a snapshot. The bigger picture is always behind the screen.

The online world has become a prominent aspect of our lives. We are surrounded by screens, devices, and the internet that connects us with others. But, is this virtual world a true reflection of our reality?

The truth is that the online world is merely a snapshot. It captures a moment, an idea, or a feeling, but it can never depict the whole picture. Behind the screen, there are hidden realities, unspoken truths, and personal struggles that are not visible to the naked eye.

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We have become accustomed to presenting a curated version of ourselves online. We showcase our best moments, our achievements, and our happy faces. However, we forget that behind every post, there is a story that is not being told. We don't see the tears that were shed, the struggles that were overcome, or the failures that were faced. Instead, we see a polished version of ourselves that we want others to see.

Moreover, the online world is filled with bots and fakeness. We are bombarded with information that is designed to manipulate us. We must learn to navigate through this virtual minefield with caution and skepticism. We must question the sources of information, fact-check, and be mindful of our own biases.

The online world is merely a snapshot. It can never capture the full picture of our reality. We must remember that the bigger picture is always behind the screen, waiting for us to discover it.


Imagine you're scrolling through your favorite social media feed. You see snapshots of people living their best lives: exotic vacations, perfect relationships, dream jobs. It feels like everyone has it all figured out except you. But here's a little secret: the online world is merely a snapshot. The bigger picture is always behind the screen.

Let's break it down with a simple analogy. Picture a beautiful, vibrant tree you come across on your feed. Its colors are vivid, and it looks flawless. This image captures a single moment in time, a snapshot that tells a fraction of the tree's story. What the picture doesn't show is the years it took for the tree to grow. It omits the storms it weathered, the droughts it survived, and the countless animals it has sheltered. Similarly, the snippets of life we see online are just that—brief glimpses. They don't encompass the challenges, the hard work, and the perseverance behind those moments.

Consider a friend who recently posted about their promotion. The post is filled with congratulations and heart emojis. What you don't see is the years of late nights, the moments of self-doubt, the sacrifices made to reach that point. The online world selectively highlights achievements without the context of the journey.

This selective sharing creates a skewed perception of reality. It's easy to fall into the trap of comparing our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel. But remember, every snapshot you admire online has a backstory filled with unseen challenges and effort.

To bring this lesson home, let's talk about a personal hobby, gardening. When someone shares a picture of their lush garden, you're not seeing the unglamorous work behind it—the weeding, the soil preparation, the trial and error of finding what plants thrive. You're seeing the result of patience and persistence.

The online world, with its curated moments of success and happiness, often omits the full spectrum of human experience—the struggles, the failures, and the resilience it takes to keep moving forward. It's a reminder to look beyond the screen, to appreciate the complexity and richness of real life, and to understand that everyone's journey includes chapters that are never shared online.

So, next time you find yourself feeling inadequate while scrolling through your feed, remember the tree and the garden. They remind us that growth and beauty are the products of time, resilience, and unseen battles. Let this awareness inspire you to embrace your own journey, with all its imperfections and unseen victories.

Here's an actionable question to reflect on: What's one behind-the-scenes effort you've made recently that you're proud of, even if it didn't make it to your social media feed?

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* To gain more inspiration and motivation for your personal growth journey, I recommend visiting my SMART goals page, which offers a wide range of goal ideas to help you establish new aspirations and achieve greater success in life. This list was crucial in the development of my own life goals list, consisting of 100 goals that I pursued for ten years.

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Tal Gur is an author, founder, and impact-driven entrepreneur at heart. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey and most recent book, The Art of Fully Living, has led him to found Elevate Society.

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