I hate having my picture taken. I always have. I always feel like my smile is weird or my eyes will be crossed or my hair will look crazy. There are very few pictures of me, since I have been old enough to make my own decisions and I am fine with that, or I was.
One afternoon, I was looking through my old baby pictures, at my Mom's house. I was amazed at how she was able to chronicle my entire life in these pictures. There were pictures of me and my Dad, playing guitar, me and my Mom, dressed up for Halloween, pictures of every single birthday I ever had. Wonderful pictures, that I still cherish, to this day.
As I was looking at the pictures, it hit me; my kids don't have these amazing images and they have zero pictures of me, besides my Facebook profile picture. My fear of "looking crazy" had cost my children, dramatically.
What if something happened to me? Would the little one even remember what I looked like? Or would he only have the nice, edited image I chose for my Facebook profile picture? Would he remember my voice? Would he remember the silly little things we did, on a daily basis or would he only remember the things I deemed "social media worthy"?
Life is short. There is no time to sit and worry about your hair or worry about how other people will think you look. You owe it to your kids, to keep a record of these memories. I promise you they won't think about how crazy you look or how your hair was out of place. They will only remember how much fun they had and how they felt when you took the time to hang out with them. So, take those selfies, with your kids, come out from behind the camera, Mom, you look mahvelous!!!
Feel free to show me your "necessary selfie", in the comments below!
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