Lisa By: Lisa
Confession

Hello, my name is Lisa, and I think I love Instagram.

 

I got my iPhone several months back, after much foot dragging and mindful consideration -- and I loved it right away.

 

But I didn't start using Instagram and I thought I might not ever start. It is, of course, largely to do with the way that all these new media tools can eat away at our time and our concentration and our presence with the people we love. I believe, as Sue Atchley Ebaugh says, that "the greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention to one another's existence" -- and I want to give that to my child, my husband, my home.

 

I am also concerned that by ceaselessly sharing the (beloved) minutae of my life, I might cease actually living it.

 

How, also, do all these tools which offer, among so many other wonderful things, such regular validation and immediate gratification get in the way of a deeper, harder won, more enduring contentment?

 

I can't stop thinking about Ma Ingalls. Surely, surely, she would have liked a sister or aunt or neighbor closeby -- some grown woman to talk to, to cook with, to help birth her babies, to ruminate on parenting or relationship challenges with. But she didn't have that, and she did build a solid, joyful life with her family.

 

So.

 

I am still thinking about all that.

 

But I have also started using Instagram and I am having a lot of fun. I don't think I have the words yet for why -- maybe those among y'all who are using it too can articulate?

  • These Days in French Life 4y

    beautiful words. i think that each photo just gives us something to concentrate on, something in that moment to remind us to cherish exactly that feeling in life. it's like a buoy to hold onto while life streams past us so quickly. if we spend too much time setting up a shot, redoing it, photoshopping it to make it look different, etc etc then that is when we have lost the moment if you know what i mean and that is when we have missed the memory in our head. ma did have a sister. she wrote to her often and they did visit when they could. i should know, she was my great- grandmother, ma's sister named Martha. she had 13 kids, my grandfather was the youngest.
  • Debbie 4y

    I love taking photos. I love making things. I love colour. I love making beautiful things. I don't these things necessarily exclude real life, but enhance it. A life that isn't beautiful isn't worth living. But I am aware of living my life rather than my virtual one - to live here and now. But to add beauty along the way? no brainer.
  • woodside stories 4y

    I get what you are saying here. We've just moved house and I am slowly, slowly reconnecting to the virtual world. We are so far off the road that we don't actually have a cellphone signal and the internet connection is dicey so the online life I used to have isn't practical.

    I'm not actually missing it though as my daylight hours are taken up with clearing veggie beds, cleaning out the piggery and exploring, I am torn though as I would like to share the adventure with some like minded people though, as my family think we've gone a little bit crazy!
  • desireefawn 4y

    I totally understand.. and I also totally love my silly little iPhone. Especially for taking pics of my chickens, heh.
  • allison mcd 4y

    i just got my iPhone (also a foot dragger) ... and installed instagram but have yet to try it.
    this is lovely, and i dig how you express yourself with words too.
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