This photo was taken during a fireworks display. The faces have been sufficiently blurred to protect them from shame.
Not too long ago, I was just like them.
I would try to “capture” the amazing fireworks instead of enjoying the show. Then I would take a look at the photos and realize that they’re pure rubbish. Also, I didn’t get to exclaim “Oooh!” and “Aaah!” with those who were not taking photos. I didn’t have fun.
This also happens in other scenarios like:
- taking video clips during a concert instead of feeling the music
- copying the speaker’s presentation slides word for word instead of paying attention
- focusing on the salty popcorn instead of the movie
Oftentimes, we find ways to distract ourselves from the real purpose of an event. What if we tried to catch ourselves during those times of weakness?