By: Megan Minutillo, Guest Blogger
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I had a wonderful Fourth of July. Family. Friends. Barbeque. Fireworks. It was one of those quintessential summer days.
But, before I continue, let me divulge a personal…flaw. My name is Megan, and I am an Instagram addict. I absolutely love Instagram. I am constantly snapping pictures, playing with filters, or rearranging pretty martini glasses when I’m out with friends to get that perfect picture. I crop till I drop. I filter like it’s nobody’s business. I have to fight the urge to actually buy filter/photo apps, to use them for Instagram. Cheesy, I know. But hey, I’m getting real here.
So, lets get back to Fourth of July, eh?
I went down to the beach with my friends, cousins, brother, and my brother’s girlfriend. We figured it would be a fun way to watch the colorful display of that magical brilliance that happens just once a year. And it was absolutely breathtaking. I mean, picture it – fireworks, the beach, good friends, and family. What more could you want? Well, I wanted to Instagram that goodness. And believe me, I wasn’t the only one. Yet as I reached for my phone, my cousin yelped, “Insta-STOP!”
Insta-stop. What the heck was she talking about?
“Stop reaching for the iPhones,” she said.
“Just enjoy it,” she said.
“Just be here, like really be here, and without looking through a lens,” she said.
Oh, how right she is.
Technology is a beautiful thing, but how quickly we forget to actually live without a phone glued to our palm. We look through the lens of our iPhone cameras before we actually take in whatever is before us. We get so caught up in trying to capture the moment that we forget to live in the moment. We miss the connection that comes with making eye contact, with holding hands, with exchanging smiles because we’re Insta-addicts.
Let me be clear though, I’m not here to tell you to stop using Instagram. I will most certainly continue with my wicked little habit, I’m just making a concerted effort to not live behind a camera lens. I’m making a point of putting the phone down and soaking in the people and surroundings that I am immersed in with the naked eye. Let things become ingrained in your memory without the photos, let yourself enjoy the moment without trying to freeze it in time, let yourself be there, really be there, without looking through a lens.
You may be surprised at what you see, what you hear, what you learn, and what you experience.
About Megan: Megan Minutillo is a playwright, director, and founder of the arts and education site, The Write Teacher(s). Her articles have appeared in HelloGiggles, So Worth Loving, I Am the Modern Career Girl, and Glass Heel. She is currently at work adapting her show, Ghosts in My Vodka, into a musical.