People love a good reason to celebrate (see Cubs victory this week; it shouldn’t be hard, it’s the only thing everyone’s been talking about since Wednesday night.).
Even more than that, people love to talk about what they’ve seen and celebrated—it’s something that defines us as humans, being able to chronicle what we’ve done and been through. It goes back to the very beginning of time. Before people just wrote things down or took a picture, civilization passed down story from generation to generation, to preserve the history of who they’d become out of who they’d been. It comes from the deep desire to know and be known, and it is who we are.
Now, it’s different. It’s the wireless age, and we share where we are and what we’re doing immediately. While this is an amazing way to communicate and share information, it’s also harder to remember to experience the real thing first hand. It’s important to feel the real-ness of life, because while the virtual can be pretty amazing, the real is, well. Real. And nothing is as good as experiencing real life while it’s happening.
So take pictures, and videos, and write things down. All of that is great.
But also hold your phone out to the side, or over your head, or right up close to your chest, and watch what happens with your eyes—because no one else’s picture or video or blog or article can tell the story of what you saw quite like you can, with your mouth and your expressions and your hand motions.