Those of you who follow me on Twitter @Carla_Pereira2 know that I spent all of July exploring Portugal. You know that because I tweeted about my family’s adventures using #CarlaInPOR. I captured and documented (almost) every moment on social media, with an assist from Instagram and Snapseed because I heart filters.
When I returned from vacation, I heard one of two things:
- I loved your photos! You made me want to visit Portugal! How were the custard tarts?
- Did you enjoy any of your vacation? You spent the entire time taking photos and not enjoying the moments.
To folks in the first group, I say, “Amazing! You must visit my parents’ homeland—it’s pretty spectacular. And the food…delish!
The second group probably watched the Look Up video and think the world is best enjoyed when technology is stored away in cabinet at home. That we miss what’s happening right in front of us when we’re connected to our phones, tablets, etc.
But here’s the thing about my use of technology: I don’t look down. I don’t look up. I look through.
“I forgot my phone!”
Every once in a while, I hold everyone up as we’re about to leave the house because “I forgot my phone!” It doesn’t happen often, I must admit, because I’m (almost) always connected to my phone.
But please don’t misunderstand. This. Is. Not. A. Bad. Thing.
I use my phone for two things:
- work – I’m a communications manager so need to be reachable in case of crisis.
- play – everything outside of work
I use my phone, every day, to document my children’s lives.
I post their Insta-amazingness on multiple social media networks—Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Why? Because I have #ProudMommyMoments and because I want my children to be able to relive their journeys of wonder and play when they’re older. I want them to remember—through music, videos and photos—that their childhoods were rich with exploration, discovery and awesome.
I want their digital portfolios to be more than their school year photos or shots of their first day of school. And I can only accomplish this by looking through my phone. By capturing their days, our days, one smile at a time.
My friend recently told me that the world is a better place because “I share everyday beauty and presence, and both are significant.” The truth, so simply put.
When I use technology—my phone, my tablet, my camera—I am most certainly not looking up. I’m okay with that. And I’m pretty sure my grown-up children will be okay with that. Because they already are.
“Mom, you forgot your phone!”