I recently fell down the YouTube rabbit hole of bad, but amazingly awesome 90's music videos. When I came across the sometimes forgotten classic "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim something caught my attention and no it wasn't the amazing dance moves performed by the "Torrance Community Dance Group." Whether you've seen the video or not, take 3:47 to put a smile on your face before you continue reading.
What did you notice? Or more importantly, what didn't you notice? Although the late 90's was a time of great technological advancements, we were still five or more years away from the camera phone and almost 10 years away from the smart phone revolution. If you focus on the audience members you see that they aren't digging in their purses or pockets to snap a picture of this "historic" event or send a witty text or snap to a friend. Instead, they are enjoying the moment and letting the moment be what it is.
In this day and age of constant communication, we are all too quick to take a picture, record a short video, tweet, snap, instragram, etc [insert your favorite social media outlet]. I admit I am guilty of trying to document many of the mundane and irrelevant happenings in life. What if instead of reaching for our phone every time we see something that is neat, cool, or makes us laugh, we instead take a moment to truly enjoy the moment and let it be what it should be. Memories can be made at any time or place. But what part of the memory do we miss out on by trying to get the perfect shot or waiting for the perfect moment to hit record? So the next time you reach for your phone to take another picture of your meal, snap the 400th photo of your 3rd grader shooting a free throw, send a text to your friend about how they "have" to see the sunset, take a moment to enjoy the moment for what it is...a moment.