Why we should experience the moment instead of capturing it

I am writing this post more for myself than anyone else. I struggle with this daily. In the age of camera phones and social media, we have become obsessed with trying to document our lives and forget that sometimes we need to just put the phone down and experience the moment.

I am guilty of this with my children. As anyone who follows me on Instagram can attest, I take a ridiculous amount of photos of my children. If Wren starts calling my camera phone, “Mama,” I’ll know that I’ve gone too far. I know I’ll never regret documenting their childhood, but sometimes the camera can become too much of a distraction for me. I’m so focused on trying to capture that perfect photo that will be Pinterest worthy and get a million likes and comments on Instagram (still haven’t caught that white whale), that I neglect to just put the phone down and enjoy these moments with my children and take delight in every stage of their lives.

Today, Wren was looking so cute on her play mat, I just had to take a few pictures of her! But I couldn’t find my phone, so instead I laid down next to her with our faces almost touching. She smiled, reached out, and patted my cheek. The tenderness of it brought tears to my eyes. It is a memory I will always cherish, even though I don’t have any recording of it other than my own memory (well, and now this blog). And I don’t need a million “likes” to know that it was a beautiful moment.

Blogging and social media are wonderful tools to document our lives and share our experiences with others. However, we must keep in mind that instead of merely documenting and sharing moments, we need to experience these moments ourselves! Step out from behind the camera and join your subjects! And by that I don’t mean take a selfie.