Do we live anymore or do we just exist? Existing to record every opportunity where we could have lived yet chose to simply exist?
That beautiful sunset on holiday when you decided to message your friends about how amazing it all looked whilst you yourself forgot to enjoy its beauty until you glanced up from your phone to see the sun had sunk between the clouds. Opportunity wasted.
That time where you were on the beach but instead of exploring the sensations of the sea you remained cocooned in your digital world and the only thing your fingertips felt was the cold dull glass of your touchscreen box of existence.
Exisiting to record things without any purpose. Is this what we have become? Snaps of this, snaps of that and with a touch of a button strangers all over the world see the sight before us yet they may receive more life from that one photo than you do whilst you stand right there in front of the Grand Canyon or Mount Everest. Exisiting like robots. Do we stop to think, pause and allow ourselves to breathe in life? Do we stop to feel?
When was the last time you opened yourself upto contemplation? To allow yourself to revel in the beauty of life? Have you pondered at the moon, the sun, the stars and the skies above? The fluffy candyfloss clouds cater for us yet have we ever gazed up at them in true wonder and happiness?
Our albums are littered with smiles and poses but are they real or merely an act? Grinning faces pulled for the camera at the restaurant table whilst we entertained evil thoughts about the person sitting next to us. Our brother or sister, uncle or aunt but that didn’t seem to matter as long as the perfect shot was taken for Instagram and friends or strangers could see how you appeared to be living. An act.
You don’t have to throw your phone in the bin in order to live. A break and a pause is required. An understanding of when it should be put down and where your priorities lie.
We need to start living.
Until Next Time
A Worried Student