There is a fine difference between “mind” and “mindfulness” when it comes to posting on social media platforms. “Mind” is when you simply visit a place for the sole purpose of taking a selfie or snapping a picture to boast that you were there, without taking the time to actually see where you’re at. “Mindfulness” is when you visit a place, fall in love with your surroundings, and take a picture to share your moment of joy with others.

We have been so consumed with being the most popular and getting the most likes, that we forget that we are in another country or park, surrounded by so much beauty! We are so focused on taking the “perfect” picture of ourselves in the backdrop that we forget what the backdrop actually is. We care so much about impressing strangers that we overlook the awe that we are actually in places that few people get to experience.

Take one picture. Then, put down the camera. You are surrounded by beauty; you don’t need 100 selfie poses to prove you have experienced beauty. All you need to do is unplug and look. The only person you need to prove yourself to is you.

If you spend all your time trying to impress those who barely notice you, you are taking the time away from being your best self.