Isn’t it interesting

How we often already have our phones

Ready for action

All the time?

How in doing that action

We can obtain something that lasts forever –


Taking that quick picture

Does quite the opposite of what you think.

It takes you out of the moment,

Because you know you can always look back on it.

Imagine what the world would be like

If every picture was precious. If every time

We wanted to have a physical embodiment of a memory

We had to prepare our camera

Make sure our fingers were out of the way 

And click the button. No more

Instant comfort in seeing

Whether your hair is perfect  

Or not. 

You want to see how it turns out? 

Finish off the film 

and get it developed. 

It’s a waiting game,

And only when the joy has passed

Are you able 

to revisit it. 

This summer I had the opportunity to use a disposable camera. My parents asked me, “You have a phone, why do you want a disposable camera?” I responded that I just thought it was cool.

Throughout the seemingly short summer days, I captured little moments of joy. Seeing a drive-in movie, going to the beach, hanging out with friends. I rushed to fill up all the pictures in the camera, anxious to see how they turned out.

I waited an agonizing two weeks to get the photos back. During those two weeks, it occurred to me how much humans seek instant gratification. Why do we love smartphones so much? Because the world is at our fingertips. We can access pretty much anything we want whenever, and we take it for granted.

What do you take for granted? What’s something you think you couldn’t do without getting instantly – grades? Photos? Answers? It’s a challenge to look for things like that and smell the roses in life, as they like to say.

The disposable camera represents our approach to life. Do we take our time and create strong, lasting memories? Or do we rush through it and regret the rush we ensued? Sometimes you think you’ve done it all right, but then you find out your eyes are red in the picture.

What then?

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