The other day I encountered a person who was going through their phone "clearing" up photos and finding the "perfect photo" to post . They had over 30,000 pictures 6,500 of which were selfies and the other 23,500 were of various poses with random social media worthy qualities and objects. It then dawned on me: When did vanity become cool?

We're living in a world where there are more selfies then selfless acts. More looks in the mirror then self reflection. More things being done for likes then simply doing things because we like them. 

I'm a firm believer that we need to get back to the basics. We need more depth in conversations and less shallow consciousness as we scroll through our phones. We need to be more present when we are with our friends, our family, new people and potential treasures. 

So much of life is missed as we're constantly living... No no .. existing to outdo society, constantly focusing on materialistic items and new trends. Lets take a step back. One little baby step at a time. Whether that means for an extra hour out of your day you decide to put your phone down. Maybe a baby step is to simply refrain from checking your Instagram for longer then 10 minutes. Whatever it is, I challenge you.

 I challenge you to be present, to be passionate, to live life to it's fullest and not because you saw someone else do it, or even because I'm telling you to.. But because you want to. Because at the end of the day you long for something so much more than the obsession and the validation of that perfect filter, or the #besttweet. Somethings deeper than the 10 empty right swipes, or 30 double taps. Do it because you crave a connection, something so pure that no others opinion on it could effect how happy it makes you. You deserve it.