What does living in the moment mean to you?
Sometimes I forget to take time to slow down and appreciate the little things that I really enjoy and that bring me happiness. And there are so many! But sometimes I just get wrapped up in whatever else I have going on and I totally forget to just enjoy the moment. Especially when it comes to documenting for social media (and memories).
Sometimes I feel guilty about it! Either way! If I’m not documenting I have fomo that I’ll regret not capturing the moment, and other times I feel regret if I’m not putting my camera down and taking in the moment!
What I’ve come to realize is, it’s all about balance. Take the photo and then spend another 10 minutes (or however long) just enjoying the experience. I often think I’m in much more of a hurry than I actually am. I feel a sense of anxiousness to “get on to the next thing”. But if I rush off to the next thing I can end up feeling like I didn’t really experience it. So I’m working on slowing down to actually enjoy the moment not just document it.
This was the case (and often was) when I visited somewhere and I’m only there for a short time. Recently we spent just a few hours in Quebec City between travels. I loved the city and didn’t want to miss any of it, but I also didn’t want to feel like I spent the entire time taking photos. So instead, I balanced the time we had there with taking in the history and beauty and also capturing it.
Next time you start to feel like you’re living for a social media post or “the perfect shot” just take a step back. Life is meant to be lived, and the truly perfect shots happen in a moment. Don’t sacrifice every moment in your life trying to instagram it. Look up, look around, and take it all in, and then if you need to, take a moment to capture the moment.