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we just as often step back and laugh at how silly it all is. Perhaps we’re merely playing along; isn’t it fun to think, just for a moment, that somewhere out there, someone is really living their best life? And maybe, just maybe, if we arrange our books in an artful composition or capture a stunning selfie on the 10th attempt, maybe we will be able to see the beauty that exists in each of our imperfectly messy, chaotic, authentic realities beyond the picture. Maybe it’s good for us to “act as if,” as long as we remember that the content we share and engage with online is only a fraction of our real stories. Remember, even fairy tales have a grain of truth.

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Eleftherios Soleas is the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Jen McConnel is the Assistant Professor of English Education at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. She is a teacher-researcher and writer. She is a former ELA teacher with a decade of classroom experience, and her work focuses on supporting teachers across contexts. Her research interests include academic writing, children’s and young adult literature, and the uses of metaphor in teaching and writing. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

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