As I stood by the intracoastal sea wall waiting in anticipation to observe the beautiful fireworks display they do so very well every year, the count down began. At the shout of "ONE" there was a couple who kissed, one group with impossible noise makers, and a child about the age of 3 who woke up in the commotion. What stood out most to me though was the mixture of people from every group who chose to be glued to their phones rather than enjoy and savor the moment of ringing in the New Year with their loved ones and friends. The fireworks raged on for 23 minutes, (impressive right?) and more and more people instead of being present in the moment and enjoying it for themselves and with each other were either constantly taking pictures, or videos of the production. But is that really celebrating a moment, when the only thing we do with it is turn it over to the closest social media sight for our hundreds (tens in my case) of admirers to "like" or "comment" on. I mean seriously I could rant on a lot here...like why do we even leave the house these days...is it only to get a few hits on a social media sight, or because we really want to go and do something?
Either way that is not my point tonight. The point is that I was convicted and realized how much I hate that I am one of those people who want to post a really cool picture on instagram that gets a ton of likes, and I want to be really witty and re-tweeted on twitter. And in my quest to those ends I am missing my life....and so are you is my guess. So my resolution for 2014 is to put my phone down and be present in my life, and experience my life, maybe even enjoy it a little instead of allow myself to be convinced I am missing something online that I might "like" more. Do you ever find yourself missing out on moments only to re-discover them on a #throwbackthursday on your phone? Do your friends ever get upset with you because your phone is never out of your hand? Maybe you have the same problem that I have. Challenge yourself this year to put your phone down and be present!!