Do you ever get preoccupied in planning the future that you forget to live in the moment? It’s something I’m certainly guilty of and I’ve only just come to realise this when sorting through some photos, or lack of them.
So, let me give you some insight. During the Christmas period I set myself a task of completing our living room. To be fair it was nearly finished, all I needed was some picture frames and pictures to go in them. I bought the frames and then I realised, Corey and I have around 10 photos together, which is pretty shocking when we’ve been together eight years. That’s bad, isn’t it?
We’ve celebrated so many things together and all I have are memories to document them. Don’t get me wrong the memories are amazing, but that’s the problem, memories fade don’t they? Sometimes when you look back you can’t always recall what exactly happened, or how, and even then sometimes the details change.
A part from a small collection of photos that I had captured of our time in Miami, and a few together when we moved into our house, I have nothing else of our time together. We have nothing to remember our years growing up together, nothing to showcase the terrible haircuts we had, nothing to show our drunken nights out together, nothing of birthdays, christmases, or anniversaries. Absolutely nothing. It’s a little sad to be honest.
What’s worse is I usually always have my Nikon and my camera phone with me, but when I’m taking photos it’s usually with ‘The Gram’ in mind, and that’s the problem. I’m constantly thinking of what I’m going to post tomorrow, what image is going to get the most likes that I forgot what’s in front of me. I know I’m not the only one that’s guilty of doing this? I’m always trying to capture that Insta-perfect image, when really I should just capture anything and everything despite the lighting and the background because even terrible photos hold memories, right?
So, I’m making a new pledge. From now on I plan to worry less about snapping ‘perfect’ images to fill up the grid. From now on I plan to capture more images of what I’m doing in the present with whoever I’m with. Regardless of how I look, I want to document my life at all angles with the people in it. To be honest I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks now and you know what? Since making this pledge not only do I have wayyyy more photos, but uploading to Instagram has become more fun too. I don’t know whether I’ve taken the pressure off myself and just started having fun, or the images I’m capturing now hold fun memories. I wish I did this soon.
The images I have printed from Printiki, so far, I absolutely love, and hopefully this time next year, I’ll have twice the amount of prints.
Are you guilty of living in the moment?
Sarah Jayne x
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