I was in the bathroom at uni last week when I noticed something written on the back of the toilet door. Someone had scrawled, “there are no ordinary moments”. Initially I discarded the statement as just another philosophical toilet-stall quote. However, it resonated with me.
There was an essence of truth in the statement, and it hit me – how easy is it to get so consumed with the complexities of life, that we forget to simply enjoy living? As a blogger and avid Instagramer, I find myself constantly on the lookout for the perfect moment. I’m always looking for things that will photograph well or make a great story. Reflecting on this, I realised how much of an influence social media can have on our lives. We are constantly bombarded with photos, statuses and tweets about what people are doing and what a great time they’re having – it’s hard not to feel the pressure to create similarly ‘perfect’ moments in our own lives.
Something I often neglect to realise is how much of life I miss when waiting for the perfect moment. How much more fun could we have at that party/concert/dinner if we didn’t spend the whole time writing about it on Facebook? How much better would your meal taste if you didn’t spend five minutes trying to get an Instagram-worthy photo and caption? (I am SO guilty of this!)
Jamie Cullum sang it perfectly in his song Photograph:
‘When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time.”
This weekend, challenge yourself to reduce the amount of time you spend on social media and simply enjoy your life! Here are a few of my favourite ways to take some time out from the online world:
1. Do something that you claim you ‘haven’t got the time for’ – read a book, go for a long walk/hike, take a bubble bath or bake something. Do anything that you love to do, purely for the sake of it! See how much more time you have and how enjoyable life is without constant technology.
2. Spend quality time with loved ones – now you might be thinking, “I spend plenty of time with friends and family!” But how often do you pull out your phone while you’re together? Take the time to really appreciate moments with the people you love.
3. Look for the magic in everything – even when life seems dull, find a hint of joy/intrigue/wonder in that moment. I promise, when you’re looking for it, you’ll see it. Whether it’s the vibrant colours of nature, the sound of a baby laughing or the taste of a really good home-cooked meal, learn to relish every part of your day.
It’s ridiculously cliché, but when we look back on our lives we tend to realise how special the ‘ordinary’ moments really were. So I encourage you to change your way of thinking – realise today that there are no ordinary moments, and live life accordingly!
— Daisy xx