Travel Truths: Do we document too much?
Lately I’ve been sharing more of my “musings” on Instagram. (Fun Fact. If you’ve been following this blog for a LONG time, you may know that it used to be called “Melinda’s Musings”.) 😉 These days, I’m still musing away, but in different ways and on different forms of media.
I posted this image on my IG today, with a somewhat rambling commentary. I’m sharing it again here, because I think it raises something important for us to ponder. That question at the top of this post. Are we documenting too much? Are we oversharing with the online community? Are we being present in every magical moment of life, or are we just busy photographing and videoing it so that we can share it on Snapchat or Instagram?
It’s an open-ended question. Here’s what I wrote on Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts too!
Sometimes I don’t feel like taking my camera out when I’m traveling. Most times actually, I’d much rather embrace the moment than attempt to capture it. That’s why I often miss out on taking photos of the people I meet along the way. In an age when it’s all about sharing EVERYTHING you do on social media, my thoughts are that photographing and videoing every moment of our days actually leads us to being more DISconnected. Although I have made several wonderful real-life connections thanks to SM, most times it feels like we’re missing out on what’s right in front of us during the moment. I struggle with feeling like I need to jump on the Snapchat or IG Stories bandwagon, and video intimate moments of my day and travels… But do we really need to be a part of EVERYONE’s day-to-day lives? Then again, I still love capturing a moment this. It’s a great memory to me – of being alone on a beach at sunrise, hearing the crashing of the waves, and feeling connected to nature in a powerful way. Luckily I had three mornings here, so I was able to experience it without my camera on another day. Where do we draw the line between documenting everything in our lives and simply LIVING them?
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