So, I took a week off of Social Media last week and it made me realize something. I spend TOO much time looking at my phone. Emails, Facebook, Instagram, whether for work or to kill time I do it. My girls cry the kid's cry of summer, "watch me mama" and I was looking at my phone. Last week it hit me hard. As I looked around at the family at times and there would be a room full of people, who don't see each other all the time, all looking at various devices. Yes, there is some work going on, but also just out of habit. Instead of enjoying each other...we were enjoying our phones. (**Note: No, not all the time. We had fun, sat on the porch looking at the ocean and talking, swimming, beach and more. It wasn't all devices all the time, don't worry)
A photographer named, Eric Pickersgill did an entire Photography exhibit based on this. You can find all his images on his website Removed, but to sum it up if you don't click. He capture people, all over the world, in various situations where they were looking at their phones. Then he photoshopped the phones out. What??? Sounds crazy, but the images hit home. In an era where we are all so connected, we seem more apart.
I say on this website that my goal is to "Capture Life" because it passes so fast. And I do that for so many of my amazing clients. But am I capturing life at home? Daily. Even without a camera, but with my eyes? Or, am I on vacation, scrolling Social Media to see what people at home are doing...because a beach vacation isn't even enough to keep my attention.
So, I make this vow. I will cut the cord...with my phone that is (at this moment it is on the charger in my room). Of course I have to work, but I don't have to be accessible 100% of the time. We lived and survived years without instant accessibility and people can wait 30 minutes or an hour while I enjoy my girls, even if it's just at the pool. No more mindless scrolling during commercials, while my girls are swimming, or (and sadly this is the hardest for me) not scrolling Social Media...1st thing in the morning...before I even get out of bed. I will capture more pictures of my girls (like shown throughout this blog post) with my real camera. I will be present when with friends and family. Not to say, when sitting alone I won't scroll or play Candy Crush, and of course I have to use Social Media for work, BUT I won't be attached. And not constantly looking to see how many people liked a post, commented, etc... will be better for me. I pray I do better...because I want my girls to know they are more important than my phone.
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