The other night, while out running errands, I exited the grocery store and noticed a slow fog rolling in off the hills. I watched in amazement as I pushed my grocery cart across the parking lot to my car and then I stood there – taking it all in.
Meanwhile, in the back of my head, a voice was nudging me to grab my phone and record this event. As I watched the fog, I began to think of all the apps that would be perfect for this. Should I Ustream it? Should I record it, edit it later, and upload to YouTube? Maybe take a photo and post it now to Twitter and Facebook. And who would care? Does anyone care that there is fog slowly rolling down a hill while I’m out grocery shopping? Probably not but I wanted to share it anyway. Why? Because I’m obsessed with sharing anything I find interesting.
And while I watched that fog, I realized that I was watching some of life’s greatest events, and some insignificant events, through a camera or my iPhone. I was never present and in the moment. So instead of grabbing my phone or putting away my groceries in the trunk of my car, I stood for a few moments to watch this fog roll down that hill. This was my moment. This was something that interested me at that time. It didn’t need to be shared. It was something I could store in my memory bank to be recalled and played later on my own personal channel.
Not everything in life has to be documented and shared on Twitter and Facebook. We are not Historians or journalists. We can live our lives and enjoy the present without rushing to broadcast it. Social media has suddenly turned everyone into a story teller. We feel compelled to share everything and we don’t have to. It really is OK to stop, enjoy, and put that phone or camera down. If you miss photographing that sunset and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter, don’t sweat it. At least you saw it and you can recall it later. There will be other moments for you to share, some just need to be shared in the present – perhaps in the company of a loved one or by your lonesome, on a late night running errands.