They held up the camera above the crowd and watched the video on their screen instead of the show itself.
I though to myself, "If I wanted to watch this show on a screen....I would have looked it up on YouTube."
This amazed me. But it took me a moment of self reflection in thinking how much of my life, I waste holding onto the memory rather then enjoying the event itself. When I was on my mission trip in the UK on one of our days in Oxford, I decided to leave my camera behind and just take it in for what it was. I can see the brick that lay underneath the asphalt where Christian Reformers were martyred. I can feel the somber mood of the whole group as we ingested this story so eloquently told by our guides. That's what I would much rather hold on to, than a picture.
When I hide behind my camera I was worried about getting the right lighting and trying to capture the experience--when in fact, I was missing the experience because of fumbling around with seeing these things through a screen.
Now don't get me wrong, some moments are precious and beautiful and want to be held onto and captured in a picture. But we can't forget to experience the moment itself.
I'm not sure why our culture has fallen into this trap of capturing every moment of our life on a screen. Who knows, maybe its intuition that our memories will all fade out one day. And some memories do fade. But those feelings that come with those moments don't.
A few summers ago I spent a week volunteering at an old folks home in Vancouver. Not what I work I was expecting for that week but I made the best of it. This home was for the elderly who mostly had Alzheimers or just were getting so old, they would forget who we were day to day. One afternoon we took some of the residents for a walk and then went back to the church we were staying at. The next morning I sat with the lady I had escorted on the walk and I said, "Hi, do you remember me? We took a walk yesterday" and she replied with the largest smile on her face, "I don't remember going on a walk, and I don't remember you, but I remember I had a really good time".
When we worry more about seeing our life on a screen than seeing it in person, we miss out on so many irreplaceable moments, and the feelings that are accompanied with those moments.