Your phone isn't that important, stop and smell the roses
Start writing a post
Student Life

Put down your phone and look up at life Happening Right In Front Of You

Seriously, look around and stop to smell the roses.

Put down your phone and look up at life Happening Right In Front Of You

We're all guilty of it in some way or another. It's 2018, and many of us are constantly absorbed in our iPhones thinking about what to add to our Instagram profiles and Snapchat stories.

Maybe were obsessed with the idea of having a "perfect feed," or were making sure that our friends can see what a great time was had by recording every moment. Your mom has definitely said it one way or another, but seriously put down your phone and enjoy the precious moment, without putting a filter on it, here's why.

1. Nobody really cares that much

I hate to break it to you, but the pretty picture you out of your fish tacos on your Snapchat story isn't going to make or break anyone's night. When out having a great time, it's almost second nature to try and capture a highlight to show to those who missed out. In reality, though, people are probably going to tap through that picture faster than you can say "puppy filter."

2. Sometimes that perfect moment is better told in a story to your friends the next day anyway

Haven't you ever been telling your friends about last night, impersonating the drunk who was constantly hitting on you and almost falling over because of the laughter surrounding you?

Those perfectly real, raw moments without disruption of a screen are probably the best moments. Those times when everyone's phone is dead, no one is searching for a better moment to live in, and your human connection is ALIVE, those times are the best times. You don't need to prove anything to anyone with a recording of what happened, it doesn't make the story any richer.

3. Instead of worrying about your followers, focus on the people you are currently around!

Picture this, I'm on a rooftop in one of the greatest cities on the planet, looking over the river and down at the beautiful place that I'm about to call home for the next four years.

The sunset is coloring the sky in mixes of orange, blue and pink and of course one of the first things that pops into my head is "I have to take a picture of this."

Naturally, I stood there trying to get a perfect shot and asking my parents to take pictures of me and my (amazing) new roommate in front of the beautiful view.

After hating the first few I asked for more, realizing what a pain I must sound like in front of my roommate and my mom. I then decided, "who am I really trying to impress here", with my beautiful view and even better company. It's true, you find yourself in an amazing place with amazing people and feel the need to show the world how amazing your life is. We all seem to have that touch of insecurity nowadays, where it's almost as if we're trying to prove our well-being to those who can't live it with us.

Really, we should be enjoying those amazing moments with the people who ARE living them with us. You never know, maybe the time you spend looking at your phone could have been the time you first make eye-contact with your future husband/wife across the room. You're the one who's going to remember these moments the best, therefore you're the one who should live them to the fullest.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments