I’ve just returned from holiday. A wonderful week spent in a beautiful location with fabulous food, glorious weather and the company of my favourite people.
My phone wasn’t invited.
For 7 whole days I didn’t once check in, check up, post, tweet or snap and it was bliss. Not once did I thumb flick my way through my twitter or Facebook feed. And my inbox was left to fill up harmlessly while I sipped on an ice cold beer blissfully unaware of its growing mass.
In the process I created some memories I will keep with me for a long time. Of precious moments with my children and loved ones. Of laughs shared, games played, calories consumed and moments of closeness.
And all around me I couldn’t help but notice people missing their own moments in the name of social media. Staring at a smartphone and smirking at statuses, whilst their children played and they could have been joining in. Posing for the perfect selfie when they could have been deep in meaningful conversation. Photographing food rather than enjoying it.
I love social media, but this was a sad sight. People more concerned with likes, shares, social approval, or the latest funny gif than enjoying the experience life affords them. In years to come you will remember these moments but only if you stop to enjoy them wholeheartedly. I promise you wont remember that gif or the joke that was just shared.
Create memories, not social fodder.