We all do, right? We love it for the cool ideas and inspiration. But we hate it for all the cool ideas and inspiration.
Nobody has time for that, come on!
It started out as love at first sight. Funny pictures and quotes, neat ideas, cool links to check out. I pinned a billion things and tried about four. And then I got overwhelmed by it, and it started annoying me. Those birthday parties looked more pulled together than my wedding. Seriously. Actually, seriously more pulled together than my wedding. And don't even get me started on the sheer number of wedding/burlap/mason jars pins I saw. I wasn't looking for them, they just could not be avoided.
And all those hands-on activities for toddlers. I'd read through them and feel a temporary euphoria. I'm going to make sensory bins and educational activity centers! I'm going to arrange my boys' meals into fun and appetizing pictures! I'm going to transform their room into a comfy learning space!
But then I'd just give them sandwiches and play cars and dinosaurs with them and put them to bed in their same, old room.
Suddenly, I was over Pinterest. What's more, I was above it. I don't need to prove myself to anybody, I told myself. I'm not supermom and I'm not pretending to be. I no longer felt the urge to take a quick peek at Pinterest every time I picked up my phone. I didn't even want to use it on an as-needed basis to look for a particular idea or recipe. It was a clean break.
But then, every once in a while I'd think of something I'd seen earlier on Pinterest. And I'd want to do it, but not want to give in to the temptation and let Pinterest win. For whatever reason I was digging in my heels. I'm genuine, I'd tell myself. Just be me. The me I was for my whole life before Pinterest came along.
But it's kind of weird to be yourself by not doing something that appeals to you. Hmm....
The thing is, before Pinterest, I liked to try cool things I heard about. So the love is back.
I'm sure I saw this idea on Pinterest somehwere.