Right here, right now

I recently signed up for Instagram. Yeah, I’m kinda late catching the wave on that one. But, since getting on Instagram, it seems like my mind is always turning. I am constantly looking for a picture that is just right to share with my followers. Is that “Instagram worthy?” “P is so cute right now, I better run and get my phone!” So when this next moment happened, I feel I learned a lesson.

Last night there was a big thunderstorm that rolled in about 8pm. I was about to put P to bed, but he was so intrigued by the thunder that we went outside. Daddy was gone, so it was just me and him. I was sitting on the driveway; P nestled in my lap. We sat there in relative silence, except for P’s outbursts of excitement as we saw the lightning light up the sky and heard the boom of thunder.

As I was enjoying myself, I realized this was one of those “picturesque” moments. The thought crossed my mind to run and get my phone. But, I could barely finish the thought before I realized, NO. Not now. I want to be right here, right now. Some moments are just too special to catch on a camera. I would have to have had to get up, go find my phone, and then try a few different angles to get the right lighting. Not to mention, my mind would have been on almost everything, except this beautiful experience.

So, I sat, and I just enjoyed. The moment lingered on in one of the most fulfilling ways. Usually when I am trying to capture something on camera, it seems the moment passes too quick! P will stop doing whatever it was that was cute, before I was able to get a good enough picture. But, this time, I just soaked it up.

So here is my simple post, with no picture, because the moment was just too special to be captured. But don’t worry, it is still in my heart and I’ve been reliving it all day.

How do you balance the good of social media and photography, as well as simply living in the right here, right now?

11 thoughts on “Right here, right now

  1. Your story speaks so much more beauty than a photo could ever convey. I am with you 100% on this one, wanting to capture each moment to be forever remembered in a snap shot and yet not wanting to miss out in the magic of the moment itself.

    Thank you for sharing this moment you shared together–priceless!


  2. So true! So many times I’m with people who say, “I need a photo for Facebook” and I want to scream…BE HERE NOW! I’m all about capturing moments via camera, but I don’t want to see all of my little ones’ 1st’s through a lense!

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    • I love how you said that, Natasha! I agree, that I want to experience the 1st’s through my own eyes! And I want my son to see the happiness in my eyes, not the camera on the back of my phone. Thank you for sharing your experience! 🙂


  3. Marla, I needed this tonight. Sometimes I feel bad when I don’t take the right pictures for social media, but I think you are exactly right about not needing the picture every time. I don’t want to miss the moments either.


    • I feel bad sometimes too, Emily. But then sometimes I put in the effort to get the “right” kind of pictures for social media and it is not as fulfilling as I hoped it would be. I guess I don’t always want to use my time taking pictures… I’d rather use my time doing other things! I hope you are feeling better! Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂


  4. found your blog today (via Marla) and i LOVE this post! it is such a great reminder to put down the technology and social media and just spend time and make memories with those that matter most. thanks for your post!

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    • ha! guess i got distracted with which blog i was reading that i didnt realize i was still on yours Marla! haha! well, thanks again for posting (and don’t mind me, it’s late and past my bedtime. 😉 )!

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      • You are totally fine! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. It was a powerful lesson for me to learn that not all moments are made better by including the camera or social media. Sometimes the moment kept private becomes more and more special over time. Thank you for visiting my blog again and for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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