Kris and I just finished up a 9 day vacation at the lake for the 4th of July week. It was amazing and much needed.
The best part?
I didn’t take a single picture.
Kris is usually on me about being in the moment and taking it in rather than finding the right shot so I can post to social media. It is usually pretty difficult for me to put the phone down because I want to have pictures to remember the good times.
But he’s right!
It felt amazing to not carry my phone around with me at all times so that I could spend quality time with my loved ones.
Don’t get me wrong, there were times where I went to take a picture on Snapchat out of habit. But I actively and consciously had to tell myself no. No, I wasn’t going to take time away from myself and family so that I could share pictures.
Too many times we are so worried about the pictures we’re taking and forget about the moment of really taking it in—taking a deep breath and really relishing in that moment.
We get all done up for a party or a night out and have to take a picture of it so we can post how cute we look on Facebook.
But why do we need to do that? Why do we feel like we need the validation of Likes and comments? Why are we so worried about getting the right picture, rather than really seeing the beauty in that very moment?
It’s hard. And I do it too.
And I know I’ve lost moments because I was so focused on taking a picture. Moments fly by and we don’t get them back. Sometimes they’re definitely worth a photo. Sometimes it’s more worth it to take a deep breath and truly experience the moment.
So my challenge to you is to take less pictures. Put your phone down on vacation. Turn your phone off at 8pm each day.
Take the moment in rather than lose it so you can find your phone.