While visiting my parents a few years back, my sister and I were rummaging through a box of photos from when we were children. Back in the 80’s every photo you took with your film camera was printed, the good, the bad, and the ugly. We laughed as we came across pictures of our brother doing something silly in the background, or a face we were making at our mom as she tried to get a perfect Christmas photo. So many treasures that would surely have been deleted today, leaving no record of the people we truly were at that time. Who could have imagined that 21st century life would mean investing time and energy into curating our lives for public consumption, taking dozens of pictures of ourselves, our activities, even our food, but only sharing those that we deem perfect?
Social media is fun, but it’s not the real world. It’s important to pay attention to how much time we’re spending online, and to maintain balance in our lives. It’s easy to get sucked into an artificial lifestyle that pulls us away from our real lives, our health, and our relationships. Face to face interactions are essential for spiritual fulfillment and personal growth.
This week, instead of sending a friend a text or direct message, how about making a call and setting up a time to catch up in real life? Get outside. Schedule a walk or a bike ride outside in the sunshine. Pack a picnic or pause during your day together to enjoy lunch at a café. Talk to your friend and be fully present as you listen to what she has to say. It’s the perfect time of year, enjoy your summer!