December 8, 2014
BLOG TALK: ON PUTTING DOWN THE CAMERA.
I did something sort of unbelievable this past Thanksgiving--at least for me.
So what did I do, you ask?
I didn't take any photos. Yep, you read that right, No photos. Not even for my 365 Project (fortunately, there's leftover pie to snap a photo of or something). I didn't get too dressed up, I didn't spend a lot of time on my hair, and I didn't even think about blogging.
And to be honest, it was one of the best Thanksgivings I've had in a long time. When I was talking to my mom after family left, I couldn't help but wonder why I felt so happy and so stress-free after Thanksgiving this time around.
And I 100% believe it's because I didn't stress about the holiday.
I realize this revelation of sorts is old school and something that we all know we should do. And I also realize that I was fortunate enough to not have to really host Thanksgiving or cook a lot of food this time around, which also probably helped.
But I can't help but wonder if making this a bigger priority in my life would be better for me. I've been putting my camera down more and more and have actually found that it's been a nice break.
At first, it was simply because I was short on time. But then, I just let my camera sit down on purpose (gasp, right?).
And it's been a good change of pace. I still have cravings to take photos--where I'll see something so pretty (like a foggy field on the way to work) and wish I had my camera--but I've also started to see it as a moment that is to be enjoyed, not necessarily captured.
It's been a hard adjustment, but also a good one. Because sometimes--just sometimes--we need to live in the moment instead of trying to capture every single one.
So what do YOU think? Do you ever purposefully put your camera down? Do you ever take breaks from social media (or refuse to join certain networks) for your sanity?