A few months back, we went to a lake side park to hike ; we also wanted to click sunset pictures , so we went 2 hours before the sunset time. The trail was naturally beautiful , weather was warm but windy . We hiked for an hour and then sat by the lake for another 30 minutes , without doing anything , just staring at the still water and the flying birds.
Those 1 and half hours were gone quickly and those moments took permanent place in my nature loving heart . While hiking down , I saw many photographers , busy in setting their tripods , getting ready to click the amazing sunset without even noticing the nature around them ! I saw them at the same position even before I started the hike !
I wanted to tell them : “ It’s okay , if you miss capturing the best shot. Just live in the moment and enjoy this beautiful breeze , yellow shades on the dark blue sky ; listen to the chirpy birds , breathe. Nature is more beautiful when you capture it with your eyes , feel it by your touch , listen to its own sound by your ears and make good memories only for yourself ! ”
Moments don’t last forever !
I saw similar cases when we went to Griffith Observatory in LA. The glittery city never looked so beautiful ; but people around me were busy taking the perfect evening shots. I was wondering what memory they will have about the place and the moment after 10 years !
In central park ,New York , I found almost everyone with a camera , or a camera phone trying to capture themselves with the green surrounding.
In a rough , natural ocean side place , where the ocean was just the wildest , all we heard was a request from a family to take their pictures with the giant sea rock . They gave us their camera , and then the iPad, to get similar picture in two different ways!
There are more examples! Life was better when it was simple , without phones , jungles of social networking and statuses!
Photography is a great hobby ! Nature looks very beautiful when we look at it through the lenses. But ,living in the moment , enjoying it and being a part of your memory are important too. Remember , photographs are not called memories. Its us and what we sense through our own sensory systems – make the most beautiful memories of a place or people!
Some time back , I made a 3 course meal and some desserts for a friend who wanted to have lunch with me . I kept my other important work away and wanted to talk and listen more. During our 2 hour long meeting , my friend spent more than an hour to check her Facebook [ at the table , during lunch] and to tell me latest stories of other people – I was never interested in people’s FB statuses ! I felt bad that I re-scheduled my life for her and all she did was – checking FB on her phone ! I am not angry on her. Its just that she’s addicted to it , I observe that ! And any “not so good ” addiction takes more time to go- because realization is a very slow process!
Social networking is not bad [ and not that great too] . I have friends around the world . I haven’t met some of them in last 5 years. I could congratulate them on their wedding days and could feel happy seeing their honeymoon and baby arrival pictures , thanks to social networking sites.
But , joining a real conversation is always better! A warm “Hi” to the next door neighbor is great ! A real long distance call with an old friend is beautiful ! An effort to make one real friendship is better than spending 10 hours to check other people’s statuses !
Whatever we are doing with our hobbies that take us away from the crowd, we must enjoy real moments when friends visit, when we visit loved ones , when we go out to nature!
Memories are not what we capture on the memory card of our camera , or what people post on social networking sites.
A good memory is born when we live in the moment .
I watched this video “I Forgot My Phone” on YouTube and it shows all those moments we miss.
– > Do you love your phone more than anything in this world?
Can you live without internet and social media for a week ? Do you love taking long hikes?
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