Article by Wendy McCance
I was watching television the other day with my husband. The news was on and we watched President Obama getting off a plane and greeting the people who had been given access to briefly meet him. The president walked up to the crowd and began shaking hands and speaking with whoever was standing in front of him. Throughout the crowd, everyone had their phones up in the air videotaping the moment or taking his picture.
My husband and I began to talk about all of the people making sure they got a shot of this moment to hang onto long after the meet and greet ended. What blew my mind though was a man in the crowd who was right up in front face to face with the president. The president stopped in front of him to say hello with not enough room between them for another individual to slide in between them. This man instead of really taking in this incredible moment where he could shake hands and speak one on one with the president did the unthinkable. He put his phone up at face level with the president and took pictures while the president attempted to speak directly with him.
My husband and I were appalled. I understand wanting to save each moment digitally. I understand this was a once in a lifetime event. I also understand that the man was so concerned with preserving the moment on film that he blew his chance to live in the moment. What kind of memories would he have had if he had just talked with the president? What might they have said to each other? As it was, the president tried about two sentences worth of conversation with this guy, realized the guy was too oblivious to even stop what he was doing and talk, and the president moved on. This guy could have taken pictures of the president while he went on to the next person if he wanted to “save the moment,” but what he did was to prevent himself from really experiencing something amazing.
Have you ever had an experience where you blew it? Did you catch yourself afterwards regretting that you didn’t just soak it in, this experience you were having? I hope that with all of the cool techy gadgets and opportunities to “save the moment” that you don’t rip yourself off from truly enjoy what has been set before you.
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