Take a moment for yourself. Don’t share it

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.

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  • http://twitter.com/muychingon Oscar

    I am glad you posted this. I agree and I think a lot of people feel the same way. Just enjoy the moments… Pictures and tweets are cool too sometimes. but lets not forget to be *there*.

    • http://about.me/sukhrajbeasla Sukhraj Beasla

      I’m always thinking about sharing the current moment with the social media world and failing to be present and just enjoying it :)

      • http://profiles.google.com/gallimichael Michael G. Galli

        You still haven’t learned. You’re fighting the same demons you were in 2007. And you tried to make ME the bad guy?

        I don’t even feel sorry for you, as it’s clear your just an attention grabbing scammer.

        Thanks for two shitty years, honey.

  • http://twitter.com/Eric_Montgomery Eric Montgomery

    Great article!  I am guilty of enjoying the moment and not sharing it.. because I’m selfish I guess. :)

    • http://about.me/sukhrajbeasla Sukhraj Beasla

      You’ve got the right idea. I need to do more of that… :)

      • http://twitter.com/Eric_Montgomery Eric Montgomery

         I can help if you want.. :)

        • http://about.me/sukhrajbeasla Sukhraj Beasla

          I would love your help :)

  • Denise Sonnenberg

    I know quite a few people who live though a lens, rather than through their feet. In other words they don’t seem to be connected to their experiences. They live in their heads. I’m guilty of that sometimes myself so it is always good to have a reminder.

  • http://twitter.com/BigHeadAsian Justin Moore-Brown

    HA totally agree.  Spent this last weekend camping and thought of sharing the typical “stuff” one would share.  Then realized the purpose of the trip was to get away from things and unplug.

  • http://me.h0us3.com/ Louis House

    So very true. I catch myself stressing over documenting all the time. Maybe not to share, but I am a information hoarder. Yes, guilty. You are correct, we need to take a time-out and relax; disconnect to connect, just take it in. Thank you for a pleasant read! 

    • http://twitter.com/MrMaroosh Mr Maroosh

      Great read. I guess somehow we all feel that we constantly need to move along in this fast paced society we are living in. These moments are however paramount in allowing usto  relax ourselves physically and to balance ourselves emotionally. They allow us to escape the daily hassle. Thanks for posting this.