This Emotional Photo Proves That There's a Big Difference Between Instagram & Reality

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Instagram has long served as the ultimate "highlight reel." When you log on and begin to scroll, you're presented with an endless stream of perfect selfies, expensive vacations, and food porn.

Body-positive activist and author Megan Jayne Crabbe, who is better known as @bodiposipanda, made it a personal mission to give people a peek behind the filtered curtain. 

  • Crabbe posted this "before-and-after"-style photo to get her point across, along with a lengthy and poignant caption.

    "I was planning on just posting the first picture with some sassy bikini related caption, but that would have been a lie. Honestly? I'm not okay at the moment," she wrote. 

    "Last week one of my fur babies died, completely out of the blue and far too young. My dogs are my best friends in the whole world and I love them beyond all reason, so I'm devastated and heartbroken. I've spent a week crying my eyes out, talking to her like she's still here, and watching Glee."

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  • While Crabbe has never shied away from being "real" on her social media page, her posts are usually fairly positive.

    And while her MO is to spread positivity, she recognizes being inundated with "emotional perfection" can be isolating for some -- something she realized when she was faced with her own tragedy.

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    "...every time I logged onto social media and saw everyone else being so overwhelmingly positive, going to amazing places and doing fantastic things, I felt even worse. I felt like my sadness made me a failure. I felt like I was letting everyone down. I felt like I wasn't allowed to feel how I feel. And I don't want any of you who are also struggling at the moment to look at my page and feel the same way. Ever. I want you to know that it's okay to not be okay."

  • She left her followers with these gorgeous words of wisdom:

    "It's okay to be emotionally vulnerable. It's okay to talk about mental health. You don't always have to show the highlight reel online when sometimes, the highlight reel is a lie. So here's my truth: I am not okay right now. And there's nothing shameful about that."

  • It's a pretty amazing reminder, and we couldn't be more thankful to hear it!

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