Imagine standing on a sandy beach, but only seeing glimpses of the ocean. Walking through the forest and missing all the birds and critters as they pass by. Taking a cross-country trip and not remembering how you got there.
This doesn’t happen because of failing sight. In fact, our vision is perfectly fine. It’s what’s in our hands that causes this. It’s that thing that we watch, hold onto and stare at it. Our mobile device.
Instead of enjoying the moment, we are updating our status on social media sites or checking others’, uploading pictures or chatting with friends.
I’ve been guilty of this. I’ve been out with others and hear “Oh! Look at that,” only to look up too late to see it. Or in the midst of taking pictures, I miss the real beauty of the moment.
Last year, my mother and I took a long road trip across the country. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. For memory’s sake, I took a lot of pictures; nearly a thousand of them. They were pictures that I could hold onto and share with others for years to come. Perfect!
But after returning home and looking through them, I realized something. While taking all of those pictures, I missed a major part of the trip – the trip itself. Yes, we made a lot of memories and we have some very interesting stories to tell, but much of the trip is contained solely within those pictures.
Instead of taking in all of the stunning scenery with my eyes, I viewed most of it through the small screen on my phone. There is a difference. Many memories of the trip are not mine. They are my camera’s.
My phone went on vacation, while I just stood behind it.
Pictures are wonderful and they should be taken for memory’s sake, but in moderation. Why take ten pictures of one place, when you can take one or two and then enjoy the moment?
Digital memories are great, but we need to make real ones too.
If we’re not going to be present, then what’s the point in going anywhere or spending time with anyone? The people we are with want to see us, not our forehead. Likewise, we should want to see them.
Forget status updates, tracking game scores and taking loads of pictures. Instead, enjoy the now. After all, right now only happens once.
“What beautiful place will you go to next, to look at your phone?” ~ unknown