Look Up

When I travel, I tend to get distracted by what is on my phone. Don't you? I think we are all guilty of this. What are other people doing? Did so and so post something on Instagram today? What should my Instagram post be for today?

The world we live in is so social media driven. We forget and neglect what is really out there. Now don't get me wrong, doing what we do (The Journey), we have to be behind cameras, filming, taking pictures, and posting on social media. But, sometimes you just need to look up. Relient K says it right:

 

"I remember when a photograph was worth a thousand words

A thousand words

Now a thousand pictures come my way, every day

And I like them all the same, but they can't take my breath away

I'm fighting the temptation not to look

But I'm still leafing through the pages like the world's my open book

Why don't I got something else to do?

Feeling trapped behind the viewfinder to share it all with you

 

And that's not what it's about

I'm so tired of missing out

 

I look on up to the sky

I wonder why I put a filter between beauty and my eyes

I look on up into your eyes

It's time I put down my devices and I start to live my life

 

I look on up, I look on up

To the sky

 

Have you ever tried to photograph the moon?

Well I have too, I have too

Find it funny how it never turns out right

It's like someone poked a pinhole in the canvas of the night

 

And that's not what it's about

I'm so tired of missing out."

 

This song is what inspired me to write this. I mean, just think about those words. I am guilty of this. Aren't you? I spend so much of my travels just trying to get that perfect picture, and I miss out on how real it all is. I put a filter between my eyes and the beauty of creation, and I miss out on what God made for me to enjoy.

Be in the moment. Don't let the screen, viewfinder, or whatever else may be in the way, take away from living your life, experiencing beauty, taking your breath away. You'll regret it. Because like Relient K says, "Now a thousand pictures come my way, every day, And I like them all the same, but they can't take my breath away." Let God's creation take your breath away, without the filter. 

Signing off,

The Journey of a Letterer

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