It just goes to show that as a blogger you can be inspired to write a post at any given moment. The inspiration came for this one at the one time and place I least expected it to. I was miles away from my laptop. Light years away from my blogging bubble and I was in the one place that is true ‘me time’. I was at a gig. A really loud music gig and it’s at times like this I am completely and utterly, in my element.
Imagine the scene. You’re stood in a crowd and have been for ages, waiting for your favourite band to come on. You’ve been waiting for ages. The tickets were booked months ago and you’ve counted down the days and the day itself arrives. You may have spent the day travelling and queuing and eventually you’re allowed in to get your spot to see your guys sing your favourite songs. Lights go down. Band comes on. Fans scream with delight and anticipation of the evening ahead. This is it. The moment you’ve been waiting for. They burst into the opening number and everyone goes crazy…
And then everyone get’s their phones out.
Yep. You read that correctly. I am stood there, completely astounded by just how many brightly lit screens I can see in front of me, filming the concert that they are watching.
At this point I am really confused. I’m not old fashioned – far from it. I am attached to my iPhone as much as the next person and I’m not ashamed to admit it. But in circumstances like this, I don’t understand why you would pay in excess of £30 for a ticket to see your favourite band play live, right there in front of you, in the flesh – literally meters from you, to watch it through a camera phone lens.
I was baffled.
Yes we all like to capture moments and memories to keep for later enjoyment, that is natural. But I feel that occasions like this don’t come along every day. They are situations that we should live in the moment. Take them all in. Enjoy them there and then. Absorb the atmosphere. Feel the music beating through your entire body. Sing to the songs as loud as you can and dance around if you have the room. Enjoy yourself. Don’t watch it through a bloody phone just so you can watch it back later.
Modern technology is great. Don’t get me wrong. If it wasn’t for mod cons and gadgets we couldn’t do half the things we do in our blogging world. And of course, cameras are a vital part of our day when it comes to creating awesome content. But where possible, I take the pictures I need to and put it away. Capture the memories, sure, but live them too. You should never forget to live the moments to create the memories. They are so precious.
I felt sad for my fellow gig goers. I felt sad that they were too caught up in getting the scene in front of them in their view finder rather than watching it for what it really was. Which, by the way was an incredible show.
Obviously this post was inspired by my particular situation on that evening but I feel it applies to all aspects of life. Many of us constantly try to capture that perfect picture. We try and find the right light to take the perfect photograph of the beautiful flowers rather than just picking them up and smelling how gorgeous they are. We arrange the perfect background to take the crisp, eye catching photo of our freshly made meals, instead of delving in and savouring every mouthful straight away. It seems we have to capture everything these days before we can just enjoy it.
Do we spend too much time living our lives through a lens? Am I just being stuffy and old fashioned? I don’t think I am, but I’d love to hear your views.
The concert by the way, was McFly. Yes, yes I know. I’m a Mum who jumps around at a McFly gig. I have no shame. I enjoyed every bloody second. Without my camera.
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