Last night I saw American Hustle. If you haven’t seen it, you certainly should, as it certainly deserves all of the accolades you have likely heard about it. Anyway, I remember commenting during a particularly celebratory part of the movie where Bradley Cooper’s character is super freaking excited, “wow, I can only imagine what that would be like in 2014…people would just be ‘Instagramming’ the entire moment without really enjoying it.”
I felt that same feeling when I saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Without spoiling the movie, there is a moment in the movie where a photographer sees a particularly beautiful (and rare) moment, and instead of immediately snapping the photo, he just stares…and stares…embracing the moment, every last second.
Funny enough, I recently saw this very powerful video on how phones have stolen the moment. Doesn’t it seem that way? Doesn’t it feel like our modus operandi every time something beautiful happens is to immediately disregard the present moment and scramble to capture it via social media? I find myself doing this all the time, and never really pictured myself in these scenarios. Our lives are made up of these moments, and the thought that we are not even present for these moments, not even feeling and engaging in the energy, is a very sad thing to consider.
Watch this video. Let me know what you think. Do you find yourself doing this? Do those photos really capture the moment, or are they just a photo? The moment…the feeling, energy, the sound, your breathing…those things cannot be captures by a simple photo. This video woke me up, and I hope it does for you too.
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