‘Tis the season for feeling #blessed– or, at least, that’s what Facebook might have you believe.
If you’ve opened up a social media app anytime within the last week, you’ve likely stumbled across a cornucopia of photos featuring hugging families and overflowing, gravy-smothered plates. Perhaps a few of these images even sported an artsy, black and white filter in honor of the “Black and White Photo Challenge,” a trendy, seven-day quest for social media users to capture the nuances of day-to-day life in– you guessed it!– black and white.
As the fad permeates each social media platform, I often find myself scrolling past numerous photos of barking dogs, tumbling laundry and reclining chairs– details that, while seemingly insignificant, are the little moments that make life colorful (even when they’re captured in black and white). Though the copy-and-pasted instructions urge participants to post photos with “no explanation,” these desaturated images often capture moments that their photographers find striking throughout their day.
This week, my cousin– who regularly takes and posts hundreds of photos, even when she isn’t prompted by a black and white challenge– inspired my Merry Musings when she posted a collection of photos that, according to her caption, capture “genuine moments of humanity” that are associated with “imperfect and ridiculous memories.” (Thanks, Kathryn!) Much like her photos’ colorless counterparts, these images weren’t perfectly posed or artfully edited– they were picture perfect snapshots from more significant stories throughout the year.
Social media can be used to share information, and it can be used as a mindless distraction. Yet, at the same time, it can also be used as a platform for giving thanks for moments that otherwise go unnoticed, both in your life and in others’. In a strange, “Mal, you’re reading way too deeply into this social media trend,” way, each of these images have inspired me to have a greater appreciation for the photos I find on social media and the stories they have to tell.
Although I never accepted the black and white photo challenge myself, it wasn’t for lack of interest in snapping photos (and videos!) of the little things I love. Last week, I gave thanks for having a lot on my plate. This week, I’m taking a moment to appreciate some of the moments that have captured my attention throughout the year and made my otherwise hectic weeks stand still– and now, I’m challenging you to do the same.
This year, I’m thankful for…
…for skipping rocks
…for “treat yourself” treats
…for making new friends
…and keeping the old
…for having the coolest job on campus
…for unseasonably warm February days
… and for fresh flowers that are in season
…for crackling fires
…and for colorful leaves
…for finding spare change on the ground
…for drone photography
…and for long exposure photography
…and for taking photos that make it on the cover of magazines
…and for goats
…for trying new things
…for hearing live music
…and for neighbors
…for being Coach Mallory
…and for knowing that there are many more photo-worthy moments ahead.
What are your picture perfect Merry Musings this week? Share them on social media with #MerryMusings.