Hello, darlings! Imagine this: one moment, you’re sipping a bubbly Prosecco in your lush, velvet-draped living room, scrolling through a feed where your latest post just hit 400,000 likes. The next, you’re laughing over coffee with your closest gal pals, who couldn’t care less about your social media clout. Sounds like a scene from a quirky modern rom-com, doesn’t it? Well, it’s my life, and let me take you on this fabulous roller coaster of a journey where I balance the digital high life with real, hearty friendships.

I am a child of the glorious 70s, born and raised on an idyllic Australian farm, where the days were long, and technology was just a flicker on the horizon. Fast forward a few decades, and here I am, a digital maven with an insatiable appetite for luxury and a hefty social media following to boot. But let’s not get too carried away by the digital glitter—there’s something utterly irreplaceable about those five close friends who’ve been my rock.

Now, don’t get me wrong, having a tribe of online followers is nothing short of exhilarating. Each like and comment is a tiny affirmation, a virtual nod to my choices and voice. It’s like hosting a global gala every day where compliments are the currency, and I am the belle of the ball.

Yet, this dazzling space can sometimes feel as deep as a puddle in the Sahara.

This is where I grew up and was born in rural Australia. It was my Sahara.


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This realization hit me hard one day as I tried to share a personal setback on my feed, only to dress it up so much that it lost its essence. That’s when it dawned on me: those 400,000 followers are here for the spectacle, not necessarily for the person behind the persona.

On the flip side, there’s my fabulous five a mix of childhood friends and gems I’ve collected along my whirlwind life journey. With them, it’s a no-filter-needed kind of love. We’ve cried on each other’s kitchen floors, shared dreams over lazy brunches, and supported through thick and thin, no likes needed. It’s raw, it’s real, and oh, it’s rejuvenating!

Living this dual life, I’ve become a sort of social chameleon. I can glide through glamorous events, camera-ready and hashtag-heavy, then switch gears to a makeup-free face at a backyard barbecue with my nearest and dearest.

Both worlds have their perks, but when the chips are down, it’s those five friends who will be by my side, not the 400,000 avatars.

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I am much more balanced when I meet my five friends face to face over some wine tasting.

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Let me paint you a picture: April this year, I embarked on a quest to find a dream villa in Umbria. My husband, bless him, took to the internet like a general in battle, maps and apps galore. I, with my old-school charm, decided to charm my way through locals, making friends and gathering phone numbers. Guess who got closer to sealing the deal? Let’s just say, sometimes, the human touch wins over the digital sprawl.

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Social Media Followers Versus Cost Of Five Friends

I often ponder, especially when I see my teenage daughters glued to their screens, what the future holds for friendships and connections. Will they know the joy of impromptu road trips with friends where Google Maps is not the guide but an outdated paper map and pure adventure spirit are?

Now, don’t think it’s all sunshine and daisies. I’ve had my share of online mishaps—like the time Instagram thought it fit to erase my 11-year history. Imagine the panic, the horror, the utter disbelief! After the storm settled, it gave me a fresh perspective on what’s tangible and what’s fleeting.

So, here’s the million-dollar question: in the grand tapestry of life, what enriches us more?

Is it the thousands of faceless followers or the handful of faces that light up when they see us?

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For me, while I adore the glam and the buzz of social media, it is the hearty laughter, the shared silences, and the unconditional support of my fabulous five that truly color my world. AI can now be my dating mate and my author but it won’t match my five friends.

In conclusion, my lovelies, whether you’re a social butterfly fluttering in the digital winds or a soulful seeker of genuine connections, remember this: it’s not about choosing one over the other. It’s about finding your balance, your joy, and perhaps, just maybe, making sure you have enough room in your heart (and your schedule) for both.

Here’s to living opulently, authentically, and oh so joyously! Cheers!