Back in November at The High Calling’s retreat at Laity Lodge, I had the distinct honor of becoming one of the unsuspecting victims of a prankster. Jennifer Lee (go check out her book, Love Idol!) set aside her megatalents as a writer, blogger, and general do-gooder in order to execute some hijinks behind our backs.
Enter the photobomber.
For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a photobomb occurs when:
- an otherwise normal photo is altered (for better or worse) when someone who was not supposed to be in it appears in it, usurping attention from the intended subject; or
- someone drops in on a photo just before it’s taken, so that the background of the picture hijacks the original focus. In Canada, it’s called a “pop-in.”
There’s the accidental photobomber: the person or animal who doesn’t even realize he or she has created a laughfest while the main subject of the photo is focusing on cheesing away for the camera.
And then there’s the intentional photobomber, drawing attention away from the main character of a posed picture on purpose in order to create a laugh.
I’m thinking that we all should strive to be photobombers in the daily lives of others. The benefits?
A well-needed surprise. Lord knows many of us need something to make us go “What?!” (in a good way) just to get through the drudgery of the day. Whose life can you show up in and be silly with for a minute? Send that funny story. Post that hilarious picture. You never know whose life you could bless by that simple action.
A laugh. Read/seen any good news lately? I didn’t think so. We’re bombarded by so much that can make the corners of our mouths turn down that someone who brings some levity to our lives is, indeed, a cherished gift. Go give someone (or yourself!) that needed belly laugh. You (and they) will be glad you did.
A lightening of a burden. I feel less stressed whenever I look at the first picture in this post. I get the same feeling when someone pops into my office, encourages me through whatever the current crisis may be, and reassures me that they’re praying for and thinking of me.
An opportunity to share, albeit in a weird way. The photobomb is an unorthodox means of communication, for sure. The photobomber is forever linked to a picture that he or she may not have even been aware of. That person shares in the moment, whether accidentally or intentionally. We can choose to be “all in” with those we interact with, sharing the highs and lows of each others’ lives. That’s a surefire way to bond with others!
I’ve never photobombed anyone’s photo, as far as I know, but I’m on a mission to bring a smile to faces, much as photobombed photos do. Will you join me?
A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Whose life are you photobombing, in a good way?