Earlier this month I was visiting my boyfriend and we decided to take Sunday and go to Washington DC. It was super fun. I have been to DC a few times now, but they were always in larger tour groups. It was nice to go with just a few of us and go where we felt like going instead of having a regimented schedule.
One of the things we all wanted to do was watch the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We got there just as the change was starting, and it seemed like every other person had their cell phone out recording the change. People weren’t actually watching the change of the guard. They were too busy recording it on their cell phones so they could post it on social media.
The problem with our culture is that there is a mindset that if you didn’t record it and post it to social media you didn’t do it. Mind you, I am a culprit of this as well. I took plenty of pictures while we were walking through Washington DC, as did the people in our group. However, I think that when it comes to something as reverent as the changing of the guards, meant to honor the men and women who served this country and came home deceased with unknown identities, we should set aside our phones and be present to the ceremony before our eyes.
When I look at our culture’s attachment to cell phones and social media, it makes me sad. I think we miss out on so much of life because we are so busy wanting to record what we’re doing that we don’t drink it in. We want to take pictures because we want to remember the moment, but it’s hard to remember those moments that we weren’t even fully present for.
This week, let’s take some time to put down our phones. Be present with the people you’re with. Drink in the experience of whatever you may be doing. I’m not saying don’t take any pictures, but make sure you stop to smell the roses too.
Take a walk and don’t take your phone with you.
Go to dinner with friends and don’t touch your phone while you’re with them. Rather, enjoy one another’s presence.
Put away your damn phone and see how it makes a difference in the time that you spend with the people you’re with.
Changing of guard image source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwj_8tmpvebbAhWn3YMKHQGECOYQjRx6BAgBEAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fmilitary.wikia.com%2Fwiki%2FTomb_of_the_Unknowns&psig=AOvVaw2xpbLsBzG-g8zD40p0OWDF&ust=1529729624886126