this quote has been around on the web (found it here through my good friend suzie) and it made me think and finally i found the words for some of my thoughts. so let’s start with some basic thoughts, shall we? we all have cameras and nowadays most of us (actually i’m not included) have internet on our phones. so eventually we’re online most of the time and we are able to document everything we do.
actually i remember when instagram was spreading everywhere and everyone was admittedly addicted, some started to complain about the huge amount of a) pictures looking exactly the same and b) too many details about every one’s life (like “who cares about your 6th coffee this week?”). then people started to complain less and maybe some of those actually got hooked as well. i still don’t know what instagram feels like, i still don’t have an iphone, i still don’t have a phone with internet capabilities (not even a camera even!) and if you ask me i’d say i want it all. but i have my own doubts and concerns. it’s like being that grumpy old man saying that internet thing is crazy and i’ll be good without it. i’m afraid that steve jobs left a legacy that we cannot pretend not to care about, even if we want really badly to stay outside the party, we know that a part of us just wants to join!
but on the other hand, as many other things, we do need to find the balance. balance between appreciating what we’re having, we’re feeling, we’re looking at, and documenting it. we are social animals, so we need to connect (out of a sudden i just reminded myself that i want to watch into the wild again!), but we must not forget to actually live things, share those things with the ones that are with us at the time, and after it, share them with the ones that are not there. documenting helps us with our memories. i must say that i have a lousy memory, so this helps me a lot to remember (and somehow relive) what i saw and what it felt like. but sometimes (and though i have a camera with me 70% of the time) i just want to embrace and not take the camera out. it will feel like if i take a picture, i’ll be missing something that is happening there before my eyes. and looking at it through my laptop later will definitely not feel the same. but of course, i also struggle with the idea on my mind “take a picture, you need to share this on facebook!”.
well, my advice is donate some money so that i can buy an iphone (kidding!), and enjoy your summer my friends! go out, stay away from the computer, disconnect from the web, forget about twitter, facebook and instagram and just enjoy your days. ok, you may take a few pictures but share them in september, but don’t take too much, just enjoy the ones you’re with! and now just grab a beer and watch a sunset! when was the last time you did that?
note: this is a part of the august break, which means that i’ll be blogging on a lighter mode, no usual features, just pictures and a few words! remember that on the last week the blog will shut down for a new look! looking forward to it!