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.