Live In The Moment

As You Capture Each Moment, Make Sure To Live In It

Look up from the screen and enjoy this beautiful thing called life.

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Too many times I find myself absorbed in the array of photos in my camera roll. All which consist of the 50 selfies from that time I was feelin' myself, photos from a night out, occasional food shots, and more importantly, the infinite pictures of my dogs. If you're reading this and you're anything like me, then you know a place to store all your pictures has become a necessity.

Let me introduce you to today's world, where society has grown so accustomed to the luxury of the technologies we've been given. Making it so easy for us to simply take out our phones and snap a quick pic while storing thousands of photos along the way. As convenient as this is, there's a chance we can get too caught up in our social media image instead of the world around us.

This struck me firsthand as I eagerly awaited seeing my favorite artist. I sat there patiently waiting out the opening act amongst a crowd of thousands. Then finally, the main event began. But I was too busy unlocking my phone that I missed the grand entry. All for what? To record a shaky video with an inaudible blaring noise in the background that'll sit buried deep within my camera roll since it's too pathetic for social media.

I tried to create these "moments" while forgetting where to find real ones.

Rewind to the days of the authentic old school cameras, where moments were cherished as we captured them. There wasn't an option for filters or any pressure to upload these pictures anywhere. They were raw, candid and perfect — only ours to admire. We didn't have the luxury like today, as we click over 20 plus pictures a minute and yet still aren't satisfied. It's true we've been given the opportunity to capture every moment. Still, we stay stuck in a digital world that tries to live a better life than we actually have.

But as we face reality, who doesn't love a great picture? I've learned to take a step back and at least take in what the day has to offer before my own eyes. There's significance in putting your phone down once in a while and looking at a view that isn't blocked by a screen. We only have one chance at life, so don't waste it living through the platform you've built for yourself on social media. The world we live in is real and the raw sight of life is an amazing view.

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When God Gives A Girl A Brother

He gives her a best friend.
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My brother is only 18 months younger than I am, but he's also at least a foot taller than me. Growing up with someone so close to my age has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. Yes, there was a time when I thought every single little thing he did was annoying and his feelings towards me were mutual. Yes, we still get into arguments and disagreements. But for the most part, we enjoy each others company. When God gives a girl a brother, He gives her...

1. A listener

I always have someone to talk to. No matter what, when, or where. Some of my favorite moments are spent chatting my brother's ears off while he absent-mindedly nods and continues to play x-box. Sometimes he just listens and doesn't say anything. Sometimes he gives me long replies. He always knows just how to react to what I am saying to him, which is why I tell him almost everything.

2. A protector

When I think about the man that my brother has become, it seriously brings tears to my eyes. He's so big!! How did this happen? I can remember when I was little and could boss him around and he would actually do whatever I said. Now I'm scared that if he hugs me too hard, I might break in half. My brother cares about me, and lets me know it. I'm so thankful to know that he is there for me no matter what and would do anything to keep me from harm.

3. A dance partner

Another favorite memory is dancing to Juju on that beat in the kitchen while mom is cooking dinner (or dancing with us). Or any other time any other song is on... in any other place... LOL. My brother and I are different in a lot of ways, but we both have no problem busting a move together.

4. A Sonic date

"Hey, wanna go get a sonic drink?" "Yeah, if you're buying!" This is a typical conversation for us, and he actually really does usually buy my food! (With mom's credit card sometimes, does that still count?)

5. An example

Being the older sister, I sometimes feel like I have let my brother down in a lot of ways in that he is probably an example to me more than I am to him. He is incredibly smart, talented, and hard working. Kids FLOCK to this guy, and he has the most creative mind ever. Seriously, I'm so nervous that my future kids are going to like their funny uncle more than me. He's way cooler than I am, and I want to be just like him when I grow up.

6. Comic relief

If you've never heard a "Lane Prevett story," pull up a chair. I will be glad to make you cry from laughing so hard. There's no way you can spend time with him and not laugh. And that, to me, is the best kind of person to be.

7. A best friend

My brother is a lot of things, but my favorite thing about him is that he is my best friend. Yes, we aggravate each other. Sometimes he plays his music too loud, and sometimes I take up all the internet so that he can't play video games. But I know that he would do anything for me, and he knows the same goes for him.

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Are The People You Follow On Social Media Actually Good For You?

Are you being influenced in the right way?

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Your friends and family help define you most of the time right? They influence the way we think, how we act, dress, eat. They are the people we identify with deeply and associate ourselves with. Influencers can have the same effect. You constantly see their posts, you trust their recommendations, but the clothes they wear, style your hair the same way. This can be an amazing thing when used in the right way. It can be a way for someone to broaden their fashion, beauty, and lifestyle horizons. It can inspire people to be more productive, or go outside of their shell more. But, it can also be not as helpful.

Do the people you follow on social media actually expand the way you think and teach you new things? Do they have your best interest at heart? Inspire you? Or do you just aimlessly scroll through feeling bad for yourself that you aren't in Paris or look a certain way? Sometimes it takes a minute of self-reflection to actually realize what you are feeling from the people you follow.

Social media has become something negative for most people now, and that isn't what it should be. It could be really taking a toll on your life if you are feeling negative about the people you follow and how you are living your life because of it. You should narrow your feed down to people who only really make you laugh, inspire you, educate you, and that you care about. Don't follow people because you think you need to or because they're famous. Following only those who will impact your life in a positive way will really help you mentally and change the way you feel every day.

Side note: don't be afraid to unfollow family and friends if their content is making you unhappy. I know that it as seen as the ultimate sign of betrayal in today's world, but I promise, you will be fine. They will be fine. Do what you need to be inspired and happy. You've got this.

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