I enjoy photography. When my kids were younger, I did not have time the time to take photos of them or anything else. Back then, the concept of a phone camera did not exist. Pulling out the big clunky film-based camera felt unnatural for the day-to-day situations.
What a difference 10 years can make! We now have phone cameras and I would in fact pull out my ‘real’ camera to capture home moments. 😀
My main problem was that I never savored the moments. It was all about , “What’s next?”. I was so caught up in being ‘Mom’ and tending to their needs that I didn’t realize that I never paused to soak in that moment.
Luckily, my husband did capture videos and photos of the kids. One day, while he was backing up some photos, he showed me a cute video of my daughter. In the video she was about 2 years old. She was saying, “Mommy, dance” while she trotted like a little horse. She was so cute! She repeated this a few times”. My only response to her was, “Nice dance”.
What really got my attention was the fact that I seemed so disengaged. It wouldn’t take much to get me to dance with her now. 😀. Was I just tired? Was I annoyed that my husband was taking videos? Was I just worried about what to make for dinner? It was very strange to me. Sometimes looking at yourself through a different lens can be quite revealing!
It had only been about 2 years since that video was shot when I saw it. I decided to make a few changes from that point on. I insisted on taking more photos and videos of the kids. Once those moments pass, we forget about quite a few of them. It is always nice to revisit those times through videos and photos. They show how we all grow and age with the passing of time.
There is one trap of which we should be aware. Memories (captured on “film”) are simply a moment in time. They have passed. They cannot be forever.
- Kids grow up. We can’t wish that they always remain babies or toddlers.
- Vacations are short lived. We can’t stay away forever.
- We get old. We can’t be 29 forever. 😀
- Friends come and go. Life is not static.
Photos remind us of things that were. They usually bring a smile to our face. But we have to eventually close the old “Photo Album” so that we can set up the new Photo Album.
The best part is that capturing a moment makes us “Live in the moment” 100%…before it passes!