I often see people writing about how you need to disconnect from social media regularly to prevent burnout, recharge your batteries, and/or get back in touch with other things that are important in your life. While those of us who are in the social media business know that this is sound advice, I’m not sure how many actually take it. Well at times when we’re not smart enough to take good advice, the “powers that be” end up helping out.
I had an opportunity to spend a couple of hours with my older son, Derek, in NYC, just the two of us. It wasn’t a nice sunny day as I had hoped. My original plan was to take him out to Battery Park on the lower west side of Manhattan. I thought that he would enjoy the playground and I’d get some good photos out of it too, but those plans were nixed by the rain. I was pretty disappointed by that. So instead I decided to take him to FAO Schwartz. After all, what kid doesn’t like going to a toy store?
What started out as a disappointment (because of the rain) ended up being a day full of first time experiences for Derek. It was his first time taking the subway, his first time at FAO Schwartz, his first NYC pretzel, and his first Happy Meal from McDonalds. And we also ended up getting him and Logan, my second son, something from FAO Schwartz, all in all a good day!
So for those of you that know me you’re wondering about the pictures. For those of you that don’t know me, I pretty much take pictures of everything that I do. I might not post them all, but I do take a lot of photos. I take a lot of photos and I’m very active on social media. This was the perfect day to take pictures, to capture all the first time experiences Derek had that day and share them with the rest of the world. But I don’t have any. Well, I have one. And here it is.
See what happened was that as we were walking to the subway I realized that the memory card for my camera was still in my laptop. I had forgotten to put it back in the camera, and with no onboard memory, I couldn’t save any shots. I did have my cell phone with me, but I decided not to take it out to take pictures. I realized that while this might be a great time for photos, it was an even greater time to spend with Derek and give him my complete attention. The photos are all in my head and the two of us will have those shared memories and it’ll be special. Sometimes the “powers that be” need to step in and remind us to slow down and unplug.
Have you had a similar experience like this? What was one time when you were “reminded” to slow down and unplug?