I’ve written a lot over the last month about how important it is for us all to get in more photos. It’s something I feel really quite passionate about.
I think we can all come up with a pile of excuses as to why we don’t want to be in photos, and the thing is, we tell ourselves it’s ok because we can get in some photos when we lose that last bit of baby weight, or when we have more time to put make up on and look more presentable.
We tell ourselves we’ll get in a family photo ‘next time’. But, what if there is no next time?
Chances are you’ve seen this story recently, about a Facebook post written by Michelle Steinke from One fit widow. In it Michelle writes about how her biggest regret is that she didn’t get in many photos with her family before her husband unexpectedly passed away. It’s a beautiful, heartbreakingly honest post. And there’s a really simple but powerful message for all of us behind it.
We worry so much about being perfect that we miss the moment in front of us. We don’t always see that this is what life is, it’s beautiful and it’s messy and it’s hard and it’s wonderful. But if we’re always feeling like we should be more or have more, then we’ll miss it.
This moment right now, in its own way, is perfect. And you are good enough, just as you are, right now, to exist in photos for your loved ones.
Michelle said it just perfectly in her post:
“You can always work on improving yourself but this moment will never come again. Don’t waste it wishing you were more. You are enough, right now, right as you are. Take the photos. Love your life”
Those right there, are words to live by.