August 1, 2014
Real Beauty is Natural #NoFilter
Jealousy. Bragging. Excitement. Habit. They all have one thing in common. They are the reasons why Generation Y is so obsessed with social media. The average person checks their phone every six minutes for goodness sake. I won’t deny that I just looked at my phone — not from a notification, just to look. Maybe it’s F.O.M.O., maybe we are addicted. Either way (or if we’ve fallen victim to both) something needs to change. We only have five more minutes before the cycle repeats itself. There is a comedy sketch by Louis CK where he brings awareness to the fact that most modern-day parents are missing out on their kids events and achievements because they are too busy trying to get the perfect angle through the screen of their video cameras or iPhones. Although his sketch is entirely hilarious, it is impossible for one to miss the message behind it. It is sad that contemporary society experiences some of the most exciting occasions through a screen. And that the first thing one thinks of is to grab his or her phone to capture it. When we see a beautiful sunset, we turn to pick up our phone instead of simply appreciating the genuine (totally unfiltered) beauty that is presently right in front of us. Believe me, I’ve fallen victim to the incessant lure of thinking to capture incredible moments for social media instead of just admiring them in the present. Because of my iPhone, I’ve actually stopped being present — my mind constantly looking to the future. On my first vacation to Italy I travelled to the absolutely dazzling island of Capri. In addition to sipping on the most delicious limoncello I have ever tasted, I took a long mountainous and winding bus ride down to the Grotta Azzurra. Surviving the ride and claustrophobic staircase made of stones I hopped into a small wooden boat and rode into the grotto. It was a once in a lifetime. When the sunlight hit the water at a certain angle and the brilliant blue, a shade that could never be duplicated, spread throughout the grotto, I snatched the video camera from my father and spent most of the ride trying to film the color. I was in the middle of an incredible place of natural beauty, why was I obsessing on saving the moment instead of enjoying it in the present? We need to learn to be present. To fully appreciate life’s beauty by fully dedicating ourselves to being in the moment. To not waste our precious and irreplaceable time by being stuck on anything that already happened or may happen in the future. A few weekends ago I vacationed in Cape Cod, MA. One night my friend and I went down to the private beach for a bonfire. It was the perfect night, the warm and comfy glow of the fire meshing with the sound of the water behind it. The entire night was magic. One of the nights you know will stick in your memory for a while. The sand glittered and glowed in the dark. Not an exaggeration. I’ve never experienced it before, or knew it was even possible. (Note: Apparently it is when the sand’s phosphorous levels are too high. I promise, I was not seeing things.) But this was not the only magic that I got to experience. I saw two shooting stars and there was a surprise lunar eclipse. One of the guys I was with was so exhilarated by everything going on he started to run up and down the beach, eventually deciding to face the cold water to become a part of the scene, splashing under the blood red moon, in front of the glistening sand behind the ocean that had become one with the sky. This scene was not anything that could be snapped into a photograph. You cannot save a feeling to an album, or Instagram an emotion. Genuine, child-like delight is something that only those fully present can understand. Once you realize this and fully show up in the present, these moments will start to appear more and more often. And you’ll learn what it really means to appreciate the natural magic in your life.
stay classy! xx